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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

Another potential exit strategy is to convert a number of unsold condos to rentals until the market improves, but there are downsides. New York Times, "One in Four of New York’s New Luxury Apartments Is Unsold," 13 Sep. 2019 Close on the heels of prime minister Theresa May’s exit, the UK is bidding farewell to her post-study work rule for international students. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "The UK has good news for Indian students—and, perhaps, bad news for the US," 13 Sep. 2019 The highway’s Cedar Road exit, especially in recent years, has created much of the volume on Brainard Road. cleveland.com, "Brainard Road traffic in Lyndhurst ‘getting to be a big problem’," 7 Sep. 2019 The problems of student exit, mobility, and absenteeism are present in many school districts throughout the United States, particularly large urban districts. NBC News, "How are local leaders working to improve student attendance?," 6 Sep. 2019 McSweeney exits amid a feud with Illinois House Republican leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Kim Foxx on Preckwinkle vs. Lightfoot | McSweeney vs. Duckworth? | Mayor off to Ohio for mom Ann Lightfoot’s 91st birthday," 6 Sep. 2019 Panicked fair attendees mobbed to exits, and videos showed officers and troopers trying to control the situation. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Police considering charges against teen who may have shot a gun at the Kentucky State Fair," 19 Aug. 2019 Correa's quick exit aside, the best inspiration the Tigers could hope to see at Minute Maid Park was what their future might be like if their plan works out. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros slip past Tigers to begin homestand," 19 Aug. 2019 As part of that exit, all credit card accounts were closed on or before March 2018. Laura Jacobus, Dallas News, "Chase Bank tells Canadian customers that it's canceling their debt," 9 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The driver of the car, later identified by police as Alexi Heredia-Arroyo, 27, of Springfield, allegedly refused to stop and exited the interstate onto Center Street, police said. Maria Lovato, BostonGlobe.com, "Police dog tracks down Springfield man who allegedly fled from police Wednesday," 4 Sep. 2019 His title reign would have benefited from a defense against Cody Rhodes or Christopher Daniels, who both exited ROH for more prominent roles with All Elite Wrestling. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Sources: Marty Scurll’s Ring of Honor Contract Expires in November," 3 Sep. 2019 Many Britons fear that exiting the EU with no deal governing the nation’s relationship with its biggest trading partner would create havoc with its economy and cause other problems. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "U.K. Parliament defies Boris Johnson and sets vote to block no-deal Brexit," 3 Sep. 2019 Also, check your company’s policy, as your employer may pay exiting employees for accrued vacation time. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "Use your job interview to find out about workplace culture: Ask HR," 3 Sep. 2019 This kind of philosophical change will only succeed if customers feel comfortable handing over the security, availability, and scalability of their operations to a company that very recently seemed to have exited from the services business entirely. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Antonio Neri and Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s cultural revolution," 2 Sep. 2019 The Channelview product was 20-of-23 passing for 332 yards and added 176 rushing yards and three more scores before exiting with about 5 ½ minutes remaining. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH gets trampled by Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma in season opener," 1 Sep. 2019 The subject of the story, who swiftly exited the classroom for the nearest pub, was the Oxford University don and best-selling author Clive Staples Lewis. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "C. S. Lewis: Oxford Don vs. the Devil," 31 Aug. 2019 Should Britain exit the EU without resolving the matter, they would be forced to construct a physical border—which would, in turn, risk reigniting the Troubles. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Great Lie of the Right-Wing Populists," 30 Aug. 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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concealment of treason or felony

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