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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 : 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Iranian officials have refused to speak directly to U.S. officials since Trump’s exit from the deal. Lara Jakes, BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2022 Profound knowledge of the players in the space will also be essential in decreasing the risk for targets and increasing the successful exit rate for future combinations. Gary Fowler, Forbes, 17 June 2022 The Trump Deplorables and Their Future Main Street (01/11/21): After the Capitol was stormed by hard-line Trump supporters, Washington is consumed by just how humiliating the President's exit from the stage will be. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 17 June 2022 Now, as Corden preps a 2023 exit from The Late Late Show — and, likely, L.A. — his frequent producing partner is staying put. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 June 2022 The Congolese government shut down, which meant that no adopted children could leave because as exit letters had been suspended. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 15 June 2022 The United Kingdom’s European allies were nowhere to be seen—Britain’s hasty, messy exit from the European Union had made sure of that. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 Stanton is leading a bipartisan resolution in Congress for Griner’s immediate exit from Russia, according to a news release. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 14 June 2022 Auburn overcame an early exit in the first inning during Game 1 by starter Trace Bright. Nubyjas Wilborn | Nwilborn@al.com, al, 14 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Drivers who exit the road now pay $3.25 at the main toll plaza and $1.50 at a ramp. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 The lack of a roadmap to exit from an approach that is increasingly challenged by the highly contagious Omicron variant has rattled investors and frustrated businesses. Brenda Goh, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 June 2022 Little Miami Scenic Trail named one of best U.S. urban trails From the south, Old 3-C will be the last crossroad to exit the trail before the closure. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 25 Apr. 2022 American businesses to exit include Apple, Boeing, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, Disney, Exxon, Ford, JPMorgan, MasterCard, McDonald's, Microsoft, Nike, Visa and many others. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 23 Mar. 2022 Participants will practice starting and stopping, the safe way to exit a driveway, negotiate an intersection, and avoid common road hazards. cleveland, 13 Feb. 2022 That argument is set to be tested anew if EY does decide to exit from the multidisciplinary model, accounting academics said. Jean Eaglesham, WSJ, 27 May 2022 The suspect refused to exit the car and had to be removed. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, 15 May 2022 When the officers located the vehicle, the driver refused to exit the car upon their request. Michelle Watson, CNN, 16 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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borrowed from Latin, third person singular present indicative of exeō, exīre "to come or go out," from ex- ex- entry 1 + īre "to go" — more at issue entry 1


in part derivative of exit entry 1 or exit entry 3, in part borrowed from Latin exitus "act of going out, departure, means of departure, way out, final point, conclusion," from exi-, variant stem of exīre "to come or go out" (from ex- ex- entry 1 + īre "to go") + -tus, suffix of action nouns — more at issue entry 1


derivative of exit entry 1 or exit entry 2

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“Exit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exit. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for exit


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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