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[noun ee-gres; verb ih-gres] /noun ˈi grɛs; verb ɪˈgrɛs/
the act or an instance of going, especially from an enclosed place.
a means or place of going out; an exit.
the right or permission to go out.
Astronomy. emersion (def 1).
verb (used without object)
to go out; emerge.
Origin of egress
1530-40; < Latin ēgressus going out, escape, equivalent to ēgred(ī) to go out (ē- e-1 + -gredī, combining form of gradī to go, step; cf. grade) + -tus suffix of v. action Unabridged
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  • A push upon a great boulder hard by—it fell upon the cavity with a crash, and all hope of egress was barred.

  • Here a heavy door barred the egress from the house, and before this she stopped.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • But for the firearms which Rogers carried, I suspect our egress would have been disputed.

  • Peter's attempt to effect an egress was as unsuccessful as that of the priest.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • So far as Renwick could see, the ruined part of Schloss Szolnok was isolated, with no mode of egress from the habitable part.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • It had been broken off, and this means of egress was unavailable.

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • It being in a summer month, the doors were all open, and her egress from the house was attended with no obstruction.

  • The waters of the great deep have ingress and egress to the soul.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • He was placed in a small compartment known as the ship brig, and a securely locked door barred his egress.

  • There were for a few days much hurry and bustle, both of egress and of ingress.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
British Dictionary definitions for egress


noun (ˈiːɡrɛs)
Also called egression. the act of going or coming out; emergence
a way out, such as a path; exit
the right or permission to go out or depart
(astronomy) another name for emersion (sense 2)
verb (intransitive) (ɪˈɡrɛs)
to go forth; issue
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēgredī to come forth, depart, from gradī to move, step
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for egress

1530s, from Latin egressus "a going out," noun use of past participle of egredi "go out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + -gredi, comb. form of gradi "step, go" (see grade). Perhaps a back-formation from egression (early 15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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