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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

Few details were provided on Trevorrow's exit, but the announcement suspiciously coincided with the colossal failure of his film The Book of Henry. Adam Schubak, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'," 12 Apr. 2019 By now, Microsoft’s position should be clear: when Windows 7 officially exits support on Jan. 14, 2020, that PC will be at a greater risk of viruses and malware. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system's impending death," 12 Mar. 2019 Meghan's exit tonight comes shortly after Beyoncé paid tribute to her in a BRIT Awards video, on Instagram, and on her website in honor of Black History Month. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Rocks a Camel Coat and Workout Gear to Return Home from Her Baby Shower," 21 Feb. 2019 In fact, according to NBC News, Nielsen’s apparent disagreement with President Donald Trump over whether or not the policy should be reinstated contributed to her exit from DHS. Teen Vogue, "How the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration Policies are Changing After Kirstjen Nielsen's Resignation," 18 Apr. 2019 Or, at the very least, that his death was used as cover for remaining employees to make a lucrative exit. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Crypto Exchange Founder's Untimely Death Leaves $190 Million Locked Away in Limbo," 4 Feb. 2019 Department stores close doors to herd would-be shoplifters to a single exit. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "After a record year for property crime in Anchorage, car thefts are skyrocketing in 2018," 28 June 2018 George Will, a longtime political commentator and staunch defender of the conservative movement, made a dramatic exit from the Republican Party Friday, citing the party’s support for Donald Trump in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "George Will Leaves Republican Party, Urges Conservatives to Vote Against Donald Trump," 23 June 2018 What kind of aftershocks did her exit leave behind? Brendan Kiley, The Seattle Times, "She’s baaaack: Nora makes an ambivalent return in ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ at Seattle Rep," 25 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Wearing a sleeveless white dress by British designer Grace Wales Bonner and nude Manolo Blahnik BB pumps, Meghan's first post-birth appearance threw many royal fans back to when Kate exited the hospital with her first child, Prince George. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How Meghan Markle's Maternity Dress Today Reminded Fans of Kate Middleton," 8 May 2019 Shortly after Prince Louis was born last spring, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge exited the iconic doors of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital Paddington to introduce their newborn son to the world's media for the first time. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Might Not Pose for Hospital Photos With Their Newborn Baby," 4 Apr. 2019 When everyone exited the realm, a new island had spawned at Loot Lake’s center. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 The midfielder was dropped for crucial matches, notably home and away against Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League when United exited in meek fashion. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Pogba’s future at Man United mired in uncertainty," 21 Aug. 2018 The Kenton County Sherrif's Department said David Harris, 51, of Reynoldsburg was driving northbound between Crittenden and Walton when his vehicle exited the right side of the road. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Man flown to UC Medical Center after car crash, fire in NKY," 5 July 2018 When Lopez exited the game, though, a win seemed far-fetched. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins come back to make Pablo Lopez a winner in major league debut," 30 June 2018 Eric Thames, who started in left field but moved to right when centerfielder Lorenzo Cain exited with groin tightness in the fourth inning, gave chase but never quite got there. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers kept pushing but couldn't come up with big hit vs. St. Louis' tough pitching staff," 23 June 2018 The survey cites long-term OPEC production cuts, declining U.S. oil inventories, high demand and President Donald Trump's decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal as reasons for the rise in oil prices. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "'Staycation,' anyone? How rising gas prices are putting a chill on summer travel plans | The Sacramento Bee," 21 May 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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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 mark by some ceremony or observation

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