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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 [exit entry 1] : 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

Noun 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.” Verb The team exited the tournament early. Save your work and then exit the program.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The facility changed all of its exit codes following the incident. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Elderly couple escape Tennessee assisted living facility using Morse code training," 2 May 2021 But United’s exit did little to quell the fans’ anger for joining in the first place—or 16 years of simmering discontent. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Manchester United Fans Storm Old Trafford to Protest Super League, Ownership," 2 May 2021 Cubs manager David Ross considers Contreras’ early exit a precautionary move because of the tightness the catcher felt in his right thigh running out of the box in the fifth. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, "3 takeaways from the Chicago Cubs’ 8-6 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, including Jake Arrieta’s cut thumb, Willson Contreras’ precautionary exit and Kris Bryant’s hot April," 1 May 2021 After next week’s exit meetings, Traylor said the coaching staff will begin scouting UTSA’s 2021 opponents while the players continue drilling the Roadrunners’ installs through offseason film study. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, "UTSA aims to showcase progress in spring game," 1 May 2021 Witnesses of Friday’s disaster described a chaotic scene as thousands of revelers pushed through a narrow exit way, a deadly bottleneck forming as some slipped on stairs and the sloping metal floor with no way to escape. Washington Post, "As Israel mourns, questions grow over responsibility for deadly stampede," 1 May 2021 Skubal's early exit didn't slow the Yankees, even with righty reliever Buck Farmer's entrance. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers crushed, 10-0, by Yankees in series opener for 13th loss in past 15 games," 1 May 2021 In a decision CCAs complained about, the commission in late 2018 increased the exit fees. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County’s new kid on the energy block: Three-city community choice program launches Saturday," 1 May 2021 Current safety precautions will be adhered to during the sale: Masks, six-foot social distancing, availability of hand sanitizer, separate entry/exit locations, outside checkout, and a 50-percent room capacity maintained. courant.com, "Community news for the Enfield edition," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What is known is that a crush of people, largely among members of the Toldos Aharon Hassidic community centered in Jerusalem, tried to exit one area of the compound after the end of a bonfire-lighting ceremony. Washington Post, "History of the religious festival that turned into a deadly stampede in Israel," 30 Apr. 2021 Portman waited for Biden to exit the chamber after Wednesday night's address and the two had a brief exchange. Carl Weiser, The Enquirer, "Ohio's Sen. Rob Portman one of most frequent Republican backers of President Biden's agenda," 29 Apr. 2021 Reid pitched in eight first-half points off the bench, which was important for the Wolves considering Towns had to exit the half early after picking up his third foul. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Timberwolves welcome back Jimmy Butler, pin a loss on Miami," 16 Apr. 2021 Kirkpatrick seemed set to exit the political stage after her 13-percentage-point loss to McCain. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick won't seek reelection: 'I'm sort of term-limiting myself'," 12 Mar. 2021 Always and Forever, which seems ready to exit the Top 10 after just 15 days. Travis Bean, Forbes, "The Best Movies On Netflix In 2021 (February Edition)," 27 Feb. 2021 The trooper was preparing to exit his cruiser after stopping a vehicle that was being operated erratically, according to the statement. Charlie Mckenna, BostonGlobe.com, "State trooper hurt after car strikes cruiser on Route 93 in Medford," 7 Jan. 2021 Florida is a 17-point underdog to exit Saturday as a two-loss team after playing Alabama in the SEC title game. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Florida’s Mullen will think about playoff status ‘Saturday night after we win’," 17 Dec. 2020 Curator will aim to provide similar savings to other hotel owners, charging fees that are roughly 15% of what big brand companies demand, and offering short-term contracts that give owners freedom to exit the program after 12 months. Patrick Clark, Bloomberg.com, "Independent Hotels Band Together to Keep Giants at Bay," 17 Nov. 2020

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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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“Exit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exit. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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