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ex·​it | \ ˈeg-zət , ˈek-sət \

Definition of exit

 (Entry 1 of 3)

used as a stage direction to specify who goes off stage



Definition of exit (Entry 2 of 3)

1 [ 1exit ] : a departure from a stage
2a : the act of going out or away made an early exit
b : death
3 : a way out of an enclosed place or space
4 : one of the designated points of departure from an expressway


exited; exiting; exits

Definition of exit (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to go out or away : depart
2 : die

transitive verb

2 : to cause (a computer program or routine) to cease running

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Other Words from exit


exitless adjective

Examples of exit in a Sentence


Use the emergency exit in case of fire. There are 12 exits in the building. We can't get out this way: the sign says “No Exit.”


The team exited the tournament early. Save your work and then exit the program.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tensions have only risen since his exit, and the question of whether Mr. Sorrell used company funds for personal matters is once again in focus. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "WPP Asked Ex-CEO Martin Sorrell to Repay Expenses," 25 Jan. 2019 Crews at the north and south ends of the tunnel also began working to remove embankments, where entrance and exit ramps soon will be installed. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle officials plead for help, patience as viaduct traffic problems loom," 13 Jan. 2019 The attraction’s largest store is located at the entrance (and exit) of the tour, and features everything a Potter fan might want, from replica wands to Hogwarts Quidditch t-shirts to scarves and sweaters for each of the school’s four houses. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "London’s Harry Potter Studio Tour Is Even More Magical in the Snow," 25 Dec. 2018 Even so, none can match the practicality of the 911, thanks to the Porsche's bigger trunk, better visibility, and a front lip that won’t scrape every parking lot entrance and exit. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Why Does Everyone Love the Porsche 911?," 21 Dec. 2018 Air needs both an entrance and an exit to circulate. Matt Jancer, Outside Online, "A Eulogy to the Sierra Designs Ultralight Trench," 12 June 2018 Though a few contestants sparked controversy with their comments (or their surprising exits) the most shocking moment came from none other than coach Adam Levine. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chevel Shepherd Wins 'The Voice' Season 15," 19 Dec. 2018 After riding one of the tech industry’s most infamous hype cycles—the swift rise and sudden fall of 3D-printing mania—Steiner and Kemperle made their exit from MakerBot in 2014 and teamed up. Josh Snider, Popular Mechanics, "The Everything Workshop," 4 Dec. 2018 But as McGahn readies his White House exit, there are signs the relationship between the president and his top aide has turned sour. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Pat Cipollone is Trump’s new White House counsel," 17 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Greece exited its third and last bailout program in August with a cash buffer meant to cover financing needs for around two years. Derek Gatopoulos, The Seattle Times, "Greece: strong interest in first bond sale since bailout end," 29 Jan. 2019 In a video that has since gone viral, the driver exited the bus, approached the boy and slapped him across his face. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "300,000 sign petition backing bus driver who slapped child, 12, for running into street," 21 Sep. 2018 Allen exited after issuing back-to-back walks to load the bases. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds score 7 runs in the 9th inning, stun Cleveland Indians for comeback win," 10 July 2018 Whitley exited his start on Thursday after throwing 17 pitches in the first inning, gesturing to his left side when a trainer met him on the mound. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' prospect Forrest Whitley headed to disabled list," 10 July 2018 Following the service, the family exited the Chapel giving us one of their finest Kodak moments yet. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Body Language Experts Analyze the Royal Family at Prince Louis's Christening," 9 July 2018 On Thursday, the defending women’s singles champion, Garbiñe Muguruza, exited the tournament in the second round, beaten by Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. New York Times, "Garbiñe Muguruza and Marin Cilic Join the Wimbledon Exodus," 5 July 2018 When the two got to an area near a building in the 8900 block of E 6th Avenue, in the Woodlake Village Apartment Complex in Gary's Miller section, Echols exited his vehicle and a foot chase ensued, the release said. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Police arrest Gary man after foot chase," 1 July 2018 The girl exited the car first and walked in front of the moving truck as the man unloaded another child. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Toddler hit by truck in Tempe has died," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of exit

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circa 1548, in the meaning defined above


1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1607, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for exit

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Latin, he goes out, from exire to go out, from ex- + ire to go — more at issue entry 1


Latin exitus, from exire

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English Language Learners Definition of exit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something (such as a door) that is used as a way to go out of a place
: the act of going out or away from something
: the act of leaving a situation, competition, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of exit (Entry 2 of 2)

: to go out of a place or situation : to make an exit
: to cause (a computer program) to stop when you have finished using it


ex·​it | \ ˈeg-zət , ˈek-sət\

Kids Definition of exit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of going out of or away from a place : departure He made his exit.
2 : a way of getting out of a place


exited; exiting

Kids Definition of exit (Entry 2 of 2)

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