[eg-zit, ek-sit]


verb (used without object)

to go out; leave.
Bridge. to play an exit card.

verb (used with object)

to leave; depart from: Sign out before you exit the building.

Origin of exit

1580–90; partly < Latin exitus act or means of going out, equivalent to exi-, variant stem of exīre to go out (ex- ex-1 + īre to go) + -tus suffix of v. action; partly noun, v. use of exit2
Can be confusedexcited exited


[eg-zit, ek-sit]

verb (used without object)

(he or she) goes offstage (used as a stage direction, often preceding the name of the character): Exit Falstaff.

Origin of exit

1530–40; < Latin ex(i)it literally, (he) goes out, 3rd singular present of exīre; see exit1
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a way out; door or gate by which people may leave
the act or an instance of going out; departure
  1. the act of leaving or right to leave a particular place
  2. (as modifier)an exit visa
departure from life; death
theatre the act of going offstage
(in Britain) a point at which vehicles may leave or join a motorway
  1. the act of losing the lead deliberately
  2. a card enabling one to do this

verb (intr)

to go away or out; depart; leave
theatre to go offstage: used as a stage directionexit Hamlet
bridge to lose the lead deliberately
(sometimes tr) computing to leave (a computer program or system)

Word Origin for exit

C17: from Latin exitus a departure, from exīre to go out, from ex- 1 + īre to go



(in Britain) a society that seeks to promote the legitimization of voluntary euthanasia
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Word Origin and History for exit

1530s, from Latin exit "he or she goes out," third person singular present indicative of exire "go out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + ire "to go" (see ion).

Also from Latin exitus "a leaving, a going out," noun of action from exire. Originally in English a Latin stage direction (late 15c.); sense of "door for leaving" is 1786. Meaning "departure" (originally from the stage) is from 1580s. The verb is c.1600, from the noun; it ought to be left to stage directions and the clunky jargon of police reports.

Those who neither know Latin nor read plays are apt to forget or not know that this is a singular verb with plural exeunt. [Fowler]

Related: Exited; exiting.

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