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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 And all jokes aside, his prepared speech really does sound eerily similar to Lolo's exit speech about being prevented from competing this season, blah blah blah, everything is everyone else's fault and not his, blah blah blah. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Challenge: Double Agents recap: The final elimination results in season-ending injury," 8 Apr. 2021 The officer, according to charging documents, saw a man later identified as Hayat exit the vehicle and flee the area on foot into a wooded area, where he was later apprehended. Washington Post, "Man charged in Prince George’s triple slaying previously went to prison for D.C. homicide in 2000, records show," 8 Apr. 2021 The Masters will make no such dramatic Georgia exit. BostonGlobe.com, "How does the Masters reconcile its complicated past with a politically charged reality? Mostly, it doesn’t," 7 Apr. 2021 Fans will be required to wear face masks and use specific entry and exit gates. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Looking for choice seats for the Giants home opener? Here's how much it could cost you," 7 Apr. 2021 Avenue demand proof of citizenship as parkgoers exit, then suggest that returning Canadians quarantine. Joanne Silberner, Anchorage Daily News, "Misgivings rise over U.S.-Canada neutral zone where border-crossing parties rendezvous and risk coronavirus transmission," 6 Apr. 2021 The problem is that the public-school monopoly currently has little incentive to allocate new resources toward the students in the classrooms, because public-school families usually don’t have meaningful exit options. Corey Deangelis, National Review, "The Pernicious Myth of Shrinking Public-School Budgets," 6 Apr. 2021 Traction control can be turned off separately or left on; leaving it on doesn't seem to get in the way of a good corner exit, so why not save yourself some money on tires? Nelson Ireson, Car and Driver, "2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Fills in a GT350-Sized Gap," 6 Apr. 2021 Infected people and their possessions would enter the station from one side, move through the process of steam disinfection and exit out the other side. Jo Caird, Smithsonian Magazine, "This London Building Tells the Story of a Century’s Worth of Disease and Epidemics," 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Over the course of about eight hours, police from a special assignments unit tried to get Boulais to exit the home through negotiations and a loudspeaker, police said. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix police video shows negotiation, capture of woman who shot at officers in her yard," 22 Mar. 2021 Still, the Moynihan hall caters primarily to Amtrak passengers, who account for just 5 percent of Penn Station’s 650,000 weekday riders and will board and exit trains through the new waiting area. New York Times, "New Train Hall Opens at Penn Station, Echoing Building’s Former Glory," 30 Dec. 2020 Their plan was to boost the value of MGM’s library with new hits and then exit through an initial public offering or the sale of the studio. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "MGM Holdings, Studio Behind ‘James Bond,’ Explores a Sale," 21 Dec. 2020 Others expressed issues with vehicular traffic being planned to enter and exit the building through the alley to the west, with many feeling the alley is too narrow and the area will become too congested to navigate. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Developer proposes 8-story, 191-unit residential development at site of Drechsler funeral home in Oak Park," 30 Oct. 2020 The canopy on the Dells Army Ducks duck boat did not appear to allow passengers to exit through the top due to a series of parallel metal bars running the length of the vessel, leaving gaps only a few inches wide between them. Dana Brandt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For popular duck boats in the Wisconsin Dells, spot-checks show some potential safety issues," 26 Oct. 2020 His attempt last year to exit Crown entirely through a A$10 billion ($7 billion) takeover by Wynn Resorts Ltd. fell apart. Angus Whitley, Bloomberg.com, "Billionaire’s Landmark Casino Opens With His Empire in Turmoil," 22 Oct. 2020 Wait, is the air supposed to exit through your mouth or your nose? Amy Collier, The New Yorker, "Some Calming New Breathing Exercises to Try Out," 5 Sep. 2020 Through special sensors, the cart detects the items and customers exit through a dedicated lane to pay for their groceries. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, "Amazon unveils first Fresh grocery store," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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“Exit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exit. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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