- a way or passage out: Please leave the theater by the nearest exit.
- any of the marked ramps or spurs providing egress from a highway: Take the second exit after the bridge for the downtown shopping district.
- a going out or away; departure: to make one's exit.
- a departure of an actor from the stage as part of the action of a play.
- Also called exit card. Bridge. a card that enables a player to relinquish the lead when having it is a disadvantage.
- to go out; leave.
- Bridge. to play an exit card.
- to leave; depart from: Sign out before you exit the building.
Origin of exit1
- (he or she) goes offstage (used as a stage direction, often preceding the name of the character): Exit Falstaff.
Origin of exit2
Related Words for exitgate, door, opening, retirement, exodus, withdrawal, departure, farewell, demise, evacuation, retreat, blow, quit, depart, retire, withdraw, vent, hole, egress, avenue
Examples from the Web for exit
Contemporary Examples of exit
In 2012, Obama narrowly beat Mitt Romney among Florida Cubans, according to exit polls.Rubio’s Embargo Anger Plays to the Past
December 19, 2014
Will these resurrected animals be house-trained and know to exit the pearly gates before doing their business?Sorry, Internet: Pope Francis Didn't Open Paradise to Pets
December 14, 2014
But not until Gregory Peck is humiliated and walks out do we cut high and long to show his exit.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
As you exit your teenage years, are there artist you would like to emulate?Portrait of the Austin Mahone as a Teen Idol
December 10, 2014
By contrast, in 2012, the military vote split down the middle between Obama and Romney, according to exit polls.2016 Is No Democratic Slam Dunk
December 1, 2014
Historical Examples of exit
I fetched up at an exit on the side street, and there they were directly in front of me.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
There were no less than four different means of exit from the park.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
I tell you all this, dear, in justice to the man; and so, exit Bagley.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
"Mr. Hendricks and Liane are at the exit, asking to see me," I snapped.Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
With one accord the four of us dashed to the exit, Dival and I in the lead.
- a way out; door or gate by which people may leave
- the act or an instance of going out; departure
- the act of leaving or right to leave a particular place
- (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
- the act of losing the lead deliberately
- a card enabling one to do this
- 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
- (in Britain) a society that seeks to promote the legitimization of voluntary euthanasia
Word Origin and History for exit
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.