[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).
verb (used without object)
  1. 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for egressing


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)
verb (ɪˈɡrɛs) (intr)
  1. to go forth; issue

Word Origin for egress

C16: from Latin ēgredī to come forth, depart, from gradī to move, step
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Word Origin and History for egressing



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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