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[noun ee-gres; verb ih-gres]
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  1. the act or an instance of going, especially from an enclosed place.
  2. a means or place of going out; an exit.
  3. the right or permission to go out.
  4. Astronomy. emersion(def 1).
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verb (used without object)
  1. to go out; emerge.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • It had been broken off, and this means of egress was unavailable.

    The Dare Boys of 1776

    Stephen Angus Cox

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

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

  • The serpent, not finding an egress in the cavern, might return the same way it had gone.

  • But it soon became certain that there was no egress from this gullet.

British Dictionary definitions for egress


noun (ˈiːɡrɛs)
  1. Also called: egression the act of going or coming out; emergence
  2. a way out, such as a path; exit
  3. the right or permission to go out or depart
  4. astronomy another name for emersion (def. 2)
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verb (ɪˈɡrɛs) (intr)
  1. to go forth; issue
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin ēgredī to come forth, depart, from gradī to move, step
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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.).

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