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ex·​it | \ ˈeg-zət How to pronounce exit (audio) , ˈek-sət How to pronounce exit (audio) \

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

Oded’s parents immigrated to Israel in the 1970s, after the Jewish state reportedly made cash payments to the oppressive regime of Nicolae Ceausescu in exchange for exit visas. David Degner, Smithsonian, "Two Tour Guides—One Israeli, One Palestinian—Offer a New Way to See the Holy Land," 9 July 2019 The man sat in the car amid the wreckage and refused to exit. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Wild pursuit ends with BMW crashing into bank, and man who holed up inside in custody," 9 July 2019 Deutsche Bank to cut 18,000 jobs, exit equities sales by 2022. Fox News, "Trump blasts media over 'exaggerated' border detention center reports; Dem civil war over border bill," 8 July 2019 Far From Home, buoyed by glowing reviews and stellar audience exit scores, was able to avoid the franchise fatigue that has plagued a slew of other franchise installments this summer. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: How 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Beat Franchise Fatigue," 8 July 2019 All but one of the entrances and exits to the station were closed. New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters Take Their Message to Chinese Tourists," 7 July 2019 Outside, more than a dozen ambulances inched through traffic on Lake Shore Drive, where police squad cars closed off several exits. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "2 boys, 1 man stabbed outside Navy Pier after Fourth of July fireworks; 17 others injured in ‘stampede’ following false reports of gunfire," 5 July 2019 Melancon said residential developers already have plans to build 2,000 homes within a mile of the Grand Parkway in Dayton, which will receive four exits at Highway 90, FM 688, FM 1960 and FM 1433. Drew Jones, Houston Chronicle, "Grand Parkway construction expected to create economic boon in Liberty County," 5 July 2019 Two adults and three children were inside when the fires were set at the only entrances and exits to the home, according to police. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville man set fire to ex-girlfriend's home with 3 children inside, police say," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The driver, who has not been identified, led dozens of patrol cars along the 101 and 134 freeways before exiting on Van Nuys Boulevard, where the pursuit continued on surface streets, Aguilar said. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Wild pursuit ends with BMW crashing into bank, and man who holed up inside in custody," 9 July 2019 Two people got out of the truck and five others exited a nearby white minivan and entered the store. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thieves smash truck into drug store in Midway District, take ATM," 9 July 2019 The bullet traveled through Maalik’s large and small intestine, struck his bowel and exited through his back. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "‘God protected my baby at that moment’: Teen cashier recovering after Dollar General robbery, shooting," 9 July 2019 When Boston’s coaches took him out of the game for periodic rests, the crowd booed mercilessly, including at the 1:36 mark of the fourth quarter when Fall exited for good. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Dylan Windler makes strong impression on Larry Nance Jr., can’t help Cavaliers overcome Tacko Fall and Boston Celtics in 89-72 loss," 8 July 2019 Yes, this is footage of multiple players exiting the plane, champagne glasses in hand. Leah Asmelash And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "A guide to partying like the USWNT," 8 July 2019 There’s a moment near the end of the film when all the students exit the airport to go home. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Far From Home' Gets Spider-Man Comics Right," 7 July 2019 Traffic must exit the eastbound I-10 at milepost 80, or Salome Highway, ADOT tweeted. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Semitruck and trailer fire shuts down portion of eastbound I-10 near Tonopah," 6 July 2019 Those exiting Friday included last year's runner-up, No. Howard Fendrich, sun-sentinel.com, "Delray Beach 15-year-old Coco Gauff pulls off another Wimbledon stunner," 5 July 2019

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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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The first known use of exit was circa 1548

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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 How to pronounce exit (audio) , 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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