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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 Sanders, the two-time Pro Bowler who was acquired in a trade last month, sustained a rib injury in the first quarter of a 27-24 loss to the Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium and the offense sputtered badly after his exit. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Emmanuel Sanders’ value to 49ers obvious in his absence," 11 Nov. 2019 His hawkish stances did not mesh with a president who wishes to see the U.S. shoulder less responsibility in world affairs, and his White House exit was less than amicable. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Ex-Trump aide John Bolton has deal for book that may publish before 2020 election, reports say," 10 Nov. 2019 His exit drew cheers from supporters who had gathered to celebrate the release of the man who rose from poverty to lead the country through an economic boom. Washington Post, "Da Silva’s release brings new energy to Brazil’s opposition," 9 Nov. 2019 That's up 3% year-over year, despite a steep drop in operating income related to its exit from bankruptcy earlier this year. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "iHeartMedia Reports Best Quarterly Earnings Since Bankruptcy Filing," 8 Nov. 2019 Harris had six points on three-of-six shooting with one rebound and one steal before his exit. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Nuggets’ Gary Harris exits Heat game with ankle injury, will not return in second half," 5 Nov. 2019 Her departure set off alarm bells among Democrats in Congress but the State Department said at the time her exit was planned. NBC News, "Ousted Ukraine ambassador Yovanovitch says she was told to tweet praise of Trump to save her job," 4 Nov. 2019 His exit from the Packers followed an ejection for slapping New England center David Andrews in a game against the Patriots. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Browns waive Jermaine Whitehead following social media meltdown," 4 Nov. 2019 However, Zinedine Zinedine has insisted the player had permission to do so, while his exit did not conflict with club policy. SI.com, "Why Gareth Bale Leaving Real Madrid Matches Early Is No Real Cause for Concern," 3 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Starting small forward Rodney Hood played just six minutes in the first quarter Friday night before exiting the game due to back spasms. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Damian Lillard’s record-setting night isn’t enough to lead Portland Trail Blazers to victory over Brooklyn Nets: Game rewind," 9 Nov. 2019 On Saturday, Hillcrest junior running back Mar’Keise Irving carried the ball six times for 82 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown, and caught a 28-yard touchdown pass before exiting the game with a leg injury in the second quarter. Dan Shalin, chicagotribune.com, "Fenwick football looks ahead after 5A playoff loss to Hillcrest," 8 Nov. 2019 McDonald had exited Thursday's game with a stinger, and Kingsbury said Monday that the injury was lingering. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson says he will 'definitely' play," 6 Nov. 2019 Parliament had different ideas, insisting on legal guarantees that Britain agree to a departure deal before exiting the European Union. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "E.U. pushes Brexit to end of January at British Prime Minister Johnson’s request," 28 Oct. 2019 Witherspoon exited the vehicle with his hands up and Eaton, who was standing near the back of the vehicle, opened fire, state police detectives said. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Hamden officer charged with assault in April police shooting in New Haven faces judge," 28 Oct. 2019 Police said the girl exited her vehicle and was standing outside when a box truck hit the low-hanging wires, which struck Perry and threw her onto the shoulder of the road. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "High school senior dies after being struck by power lines in aftermath of Towson car crash," 22 Oct. 2019 Slay, who was questionable to play Sunday because of the injury, gave up a touchdown to Adam Thielen and a long pass to Stefon Diggs before exiting. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Lions lose 3 starters to injury vs. Vikings: Kerryon Johnson, Darius Slay, Damon Harrison," 20 Oct. 2019 Travelers, when disembarking in Cleveland from an international flight, must go through another security screening before exiting the airport. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Readers respond: Cleveland Hopkins’ most-needed improvements include wider concourses, more parking," 10 Oct. 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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Cite this Entry

“Exit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exited. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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