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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

That reflects the fact that raising money in dollars is still a powerful hook for Chinese technology companies, both as a springboard for expansion and as a hard-currency exit for Western venture capital firms that have invested in them. Washington Post, "Shanghai’s Star May Fade Quickly," 18 Sep. 2019 Will Britain avoid a disruptive exit from the European Union that would destabilize the global economy? BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — For a second straight time, the Federal Reserve is set to cut interest rates this week to try to protect the economy from the consequences of a global slowdown and President Trump’s trade war with China.," 17 Sep. 2019 The second half featured a fire-drill exit by thousands of fleeing fans. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "49ers, Garoppolo, and Shanahan enjoy a dreamy day in Cincy," 15 Sep. 2019 Parliament last week passed a law requiring Johnson to seek an extension to the Oct. 31 deadline for Britain's exit from the European Union if Johnson cannot strike a deal before then. Anchorage Daily News, "Scottish court rules Boris Johnson’s suspension of Britain’s Parliament was illegal," 11 Sep. 2019 Now This is America’s earliest exit from an international tournament since the 2002 World Championship, which was a low point in the country’s hoops history. Sean Gregory, Time, "Team USA Basketball Lost to France — Yes, France. But it's Not Time to Panic Yet," 11 Sep. 2019 Nearly two decades after the occupation began, U.S. diplomats are now negotiating a final exit from the country; the Afghan state seems unlikely to fare any better than the one the Americans built in Iraq. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "The Moral Logic of Humanitarian Intervention," 9 Sep. 2019 While the cause of the fire is not known — the National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation — the blaze was so intense that both exits from the sleeping area were blocked by flames. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "Dive boat tragedy spreads grief, fear through region’s tightly knit dive community," 8 Sep. 2019 Prime Minister Boris Johnson received some very vocal criticism while walking in the town of Morley as a heckler accused him of bungling Britain's exit from the European Union. Fox News, "Watch: British PM Boris Johnson confronted by heckler over Brexit," 7 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rodney Smith hurt an oblique and exited in the second quarter; Mo Ibrahim injured his foot in practice last week and didn’t play; and Shannon Brooks remains sidelined with the knee injury suffered last October. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers offense will continue to run first, pass when necessary," 15 Sep. 2019 That cut off both escape routes from the sleeping quarters: a stairway and an escape hatch that exited in the galley area. Stefanie Dazio, Anchorage Daily News, "Victims of fire on dive boat off California were killed by smoke, authorities say," 6 Sep. 2019 Three of the six occupants were able to exit the crashed car on their own while the other three remained trapped when emergency personnel arrived, Booth said. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Packed car crashes in Stamford, killing 2 teens, injuring others, police say," 26 Aug. 2019 The couple was exiting the private drive of Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton when the vehicles collided. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "High school sweethearts killed in car crash minutes after getting married," 24 Aug. 2019 Houston pipeline operator Kinder Morgan is exiting the Canadian market in a deal worth more than $2.5 billion in cash and stock. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Kinder Morgan exits Canada in deal valued at $2.5 billion," 21 Aug. 2019 The driver, a 62-year-old man from Connecticut, was able to exit the car safely, Tetreault said. Mike Kotsopoulos, BostonGlobe.com, "Car catches fire on I-91 in Springfield Sunday night," 11 Aug. 2019 Both the 1988 and 2007 Hairspray movies will also be exiting the streamer, along with the Johnny Depp starrer Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Steve Carell’s hit comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Kelsey Lentz, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix: Movies and TV Shows Leaving in August," 31 July 2019 Rapinoe, 34, could be exiting the international stage at some point sooner than later. Laken Litman, SI.com, "Rapinoe, Lavelle Recover to Lead USWNT to Historic Fourth World Cup Title," 7 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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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