exit
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɛksɪt/, /ˈɛɡzɪt/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈɛɡzət/, /ˈɛksət/
Noun

exit (plural exits)

  1. An act#Noun|act of going out or going away, or leave#Verb|leaving; a departure.
    Synonyms: egress, outgoing
    Antonyms: entrance, entry, ingoing, ingress
    He made his exit at the opportune time.
    1. (specifically, drama) The action of an actor leaving a scene or the stage#Noun|stage.
      • c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene vii], page 194 ↗, column 1:
        All the world's a ſtage, / And all the men and women, meerely Players; / They haue their Exits and their Entrances, / And one man in his time playes many parts, / His Acts being ſeuen ages.
  2. A way out#Noun|way out.
    1. An opening#Noun|opening or passage#Noun|passage through which one can go#Verb|go from inside#Adverb|inside a place#Noun|place (such as a building#Noun|building, a room#Noun|room, or a vehicle) to the outside#Adverb|outside; an egress.
      Synonyms: outgang, outway
      Antonyms: entrance, entranceway, entry, entryway, ingang, ingress, portal
      emergency exit    fire exit
      He was looking for the exit and got lost.
      She stood at the exit of the house looking back and waving at those inside.
    2. (road transport) A minor#Adjective|minor road (such as a ramp#Noun|ramp or slip road) which is use#Verb|used to leave a major#Adjective|major road (such as an expressway, highway, or motorway).
  3. (figuratively, often, euphemistic) The act of departing from life; death.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:death
    the untimely exit of a respected politician
    • However, there are no ideas strike more forcibly upon our imaginations, than those which are raised from reflections upon the exits of great and excellent men.
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exit (exits, present participle exiting; past and past participle exited)

  1. (intransitive) To go out or go away from a place#Noun|place or situation; to depart, to leave#Verb|leave.
    Antonyms: arrive, come, enter, ingress
  2. (intransitive, often, euphemistic) To depart from life; to die#verb|die.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:die
  3. (ambitransitive, computing) To end#Verb|end or terminate (a program#Noun|program, subroutine, etc.)
  4. (transitive, originally, US, also, figuratively) To depart from or leave (a place or situation).
    Antonyms: enter
    1. (transitive, specifically) To alight or disembark from a vehicle.
Translations Verb
  1. (intransitive, drama, also, figuratively) Used as a stage direction for an actor: to leave#Verb|leave the scene or stage#Noun|stage.
    Synonyms: exeat
    • c. 1590, [John Lyly], Mother Bombie. […], London: Imprinted by Thomas Scarlet for Cuthbert Burby, published 1594, OCLC 222361197 ↗; 2nd edition, London: Printed by Thomas Creede, for Cuthbert Burby, 1598, OCLC 84756132 ↗, Act III, scene iv ↗:
      I take no mony, but good words, raile not if I tell true, if I do not reuenge. Farewell. Exit Bom[bie].
    • c. 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The VVinters Tale”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iii], page 288 ↗, column 2:
      A ſauage clamor? / Well may I get a-boord: This is the Chace, / I am gone for euer. / Exit purſued by a Beare.
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