Definition of exit in US English:



  • 1A way out, especially of a public building, room, or passenger vehicle.

    ‘she slipped out by the rear exit’
    ‘an emergency exit’
    • ‘The parents declined to comment as they entered the building yesterday morning and left through a rear exit.’
    • ‘Sam turned on her heel and walked the other way, towards the rear exit of the building.’
    • ‘Reduced to half its original height, the industrial chimney serves as structural support for the roof and emergency exit footbridge.’
    • ‘Our suits were grimy, and I was bone tired as we sat near a rear exit to the building going over our treasures.’
    • ‘This bus blocks the exit from the public car park resulting in vehicles using the entrance to exit.’
    • ‘I nodded, bored, taking a sideways glance towards the exit door from the building.’
    • ‘The second door was to the left of the clerk and it was closed, as was the door leading deeper into the building, its green exit sign glowing brightly.’
    • ‘Cameras were only positioned at the entrance hall, and wherever there was an emergency exit, which are rigged with alarms.’
    • ‘The main doorway downstairs was the only exit for the whole building, other then the fire escape.’
    • ‘He left the courtroom through a rear exit to avoid a journalist.’
    • ‘I couldn't see any one coming out because the exit door had been cut off by fire.’
    • ‘The door as the entrance and exit of a building has a potent symbolic value.’
    • ‘We have to have a emergency exit sign over the door in case of fire.’
    • ‘Suddenly the entrance to the room and the exit were sealed off by stone doors.’
    • ‘The blonde walked out of the room and toward the exits of the building.’
    • ‘They are used to secure entry and exits to buildings, to seal off some areas and protect others.’
    • ‘An exit from the palace led straight into the guild quarters.’
    • ‘She tackled the drunken passenger, who tried to open the exit door as the Boeing 757 was speeding across a taxiway.’
    • ‘There was also a door directly across from her, and among all the exits from the room, she had no idea where to go.’
    • ‘Theorton tried to decide which exit to take from the lobby.’
    way out, door, egress, passage out, escape route
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    1. 1.1 A ramp where traffic can leave a highway, major road, or traffic circle.
      ‘he pulled off at an exit and stopped his Mercedes-Benz’
      • ‘She didn't say anything, instead, she just turned off an exit and onto a road I actually recognized.’
      • ‘We saw the Lada come out of an exit further up the road and join the new one.’
      • ‘They will tower over drivers from either side of slip road exits and entrances at junction three for the 12-month trial period.’
      • ‘She was having trouble with her windshield wipers and pulled over to the right shoulder, stopping between the Avenue Road and Bayview Avenue exits.’
      • ‘It will also tell you when your freeway exit is coming, and if you're not familiar with the area, it will even tell you what side of the road the exit is on.’
      • ‘York motorists have got used to the No Right Turn sign painted on the road at the exit to Museum Street.’
      • ‘At the second roundabout, take the Sherrifmuir exit and follow the road for about 1.2km.’
      • ‘Four exits and ten road signs later, and we pulled into Erie.’
      • ‘She called for better traffic light filter systems, widened access roads and more exits from the car parks.’
      • ‘Access to the development will be via a purpose-built roundabout at the slipway exit to the town from the M4.’
      • ‘The exit to the road where I got off to go home was partially closed.’
      • ‘On Tuesday, protests by striking janitors snarled downtown traffic and blocked exits on the Harbor and Pasadena freeways.’
      • ‘He looked back to the road and noticed the exit was right in front of us.’
      • ‘The signs at the roundabout tell you to take the exit which joins the road you've just left.’
      • ‘The bus driver is stopped at the end of the exit checking traffic to his left.’
      • ‘Therefore we are calling on Waterford City Council to alter the entrances and exits at the Tramore Road roundabout in line with pedestrian and cyclist safety.’
      • ‘Jack wandered through the neighborhood in search of an exit to the main road.’
      • ‘I realized I'd ignored the road signs for our exit.’
      • ‘One of the rules of the road is that you do not enter a yellow box junction unless your exit is clear or you're turning right.’
      • ‘Take first available exit off roundabout on to M6 at junction 38 towards Lancaster, Penrith.’
      turning, turn-off, turn, side road
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  • 2An act of going out of or leaving a place.

    ‘he made a hasty exit from the room’
    • ‘The wife of a fellow runner works in the same place as him, and has related, with tears of laughter in her eyes, accounts of his exit from his car in the morning.’
    • ‘During the spring migration in the western Bering Strait, at the exit from the Gulf of Anadyr, whales moved over a broad front from near shore out to sea.’
    • ‘He had good volume control, and made me think of TV evangelists but he was foaming at the mouth and blocking the exit from the shop.’
    • ‘Having forgotten his baseball cap in a hasty exit from his home after siesta, he has to make do with a flimsy local newspaper to fend off the Mesopotamian sun's hot temper.’
    • ‘Good goody bags ‘make you time your exit from a gala perfectly in order to get one.’’
    • ‘Good, they were staging their exits, so we wouldn't look suspicious leaving together.’
    • ‘To guarantee their safe exit from the prison, they kidnap a female Supreme Court judge who is around to check whether those with death sentences are taken good care of.’
    • ‘I turned the engine on and made a swift exit from the people's place, after all, if the owner had come out front, there may well have been a query as to what I was doing in the driveway.’
    • ‘The additional body length is incorporated behind the B-pillars, the longer rear doors aiding passenger entry and exit.’
    • ‘It was close on 4 a.m. when we hit the road for the west, availing of the quiet streets of Dublin to make an easy exit from the city.’
    • ‘After following the car, he observed the driver making his exit through the passenger door.’
    • ‘The Mayor made an unusual exit from the town's council offices - plucked from the balcony by firefighters.’
    • ‘There would be a brisk exit from the blighted city, with a car towing an assortment of furniture, tools, pets and sometimes children.’
    • ‘The prospect of his exit from the US also signals the end of a productive partnership with near-neighbour Stone, the cousin of film director Oliver Stone.’
    • ‘The 108.9-km stretch will provide commuters an easy exit from the city.’
    departure, leaving, withdrawal, retirement, going, decamping, retreat, pull-out, evacuation
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    1. 2.1 A departure of an actor from the stage.
      ‘the brief soliloquy following Clarence's exit’
      • ‘Another dancer had to have a screw implanted in a foot, and a third fell several feet, landing on his back during what has been described as a rushed stage exit.’
      • ‘As their set rounded up, she thanked the audience and made her exit off the stage.’
      • ‘The frequency of entries, exits and prolonged blackouts during scene changes detracts from the performances.’
      • ‘With this actor as Spartacus, the exit has no force: he just walks off.’
      • ‘The mouse took his exit from the stage at this point, leaving a situation that defies being wound up with any kind of a satisfactorily dramatic close.’
      • ‘The two farces begin to interlock as the characters make their exits from the front stage only to find themselves making entrances into a worse nightmare back-stage.’
      • ‘The stage was sectioned off with mirrored panels that swiveled to allow the entrances and exits of dancers and actors.’
    2. 2.2 A departure from a particular situation.
      ‘Australia's early exit from the World Cup’
      • ‘I'm pleased to be in a position to contribute to the armed forces bill debate on April 2; I made an unorthodox exit from the army two years ago.’
      • ‘‘I am ready to pay any political price, even my exit from politics,’ he said.’
      • ‘Will he now make his exit from history solely because he didn't have the gumption to pen a letter of sympathy on a Terrigal letterhead?’
      • ‘I think that today it's extremely difficult for even the most creative and imaginative among us to think of an exit from the deadlock we're in.’
      • ‘It's been clear by our administration and by the leadership of the military that our exit from this theater should be condition-based.’
      • ‘A comfortable exit from this situation would allow him to declare himself injured and thus unavailable to compete.’
      • ‘The movement of Labor advisors from various departments and some advisor exits to private business hasn't helped Labor stability.’
      • ‘Our last exit from an international tournament, losing on aggregate to England in the Euro 2000 play-off, was similarly splendid as we won at Wembley.’
      • ‘When he took over the reins of Georgia more than a decade ago, he could never have imagined the ignominy that would surround his exit from office.’
      • ‘Don't think that the Secretary of Defense's exit and the Justice Department's backing off mean the fight is done.’
      • ‘Even now the disappointment prevails, ten days after our exit from the All-Ireland hurling championship at the semi-final stage.’
      • ‘Now Atlanta is in town for a final three games with payback on their mind for their disappointing exit from the playoffs last year.’
      • ‘This came from a man apparently planning his exit from the military, thus not seeking personal gain.’
      • ‘It could be argued that exits from the job market due to illness or disability are used by governments in the EU as an excuse to disguise the true level of unemployment.’
      • ‘He flashed them a smile and I decided that the best way to handle the situation was a dramatic exit.’
      • ‘During this time, mobility was read as the ability to depart, or as the privilege of exit.’
      • ‘The majority of people throughout the world will admit to thinking about taking their own lives at some point in their past, as a way out of a situation that seems to have no other exit.’
      • ‘You are truly disturbed and want to quit, but nothing you say works to get your exit from this unexpectedly distressing situation.’
      • ‘The team managed to steady themselves and managed a brief rally before the final whistle signalled their exit from the competition.’
      • ‘It was allegedly cooked up by a powerful personality who had to face a disgraceful exit from one of the Tata companies, in connivance with a chief political figure of that time.’
      departure, leaving, withdrawal, retirement, going, decamping, retreat, pull-out, evacuation
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  • 1Go out of or leave a place.

    ‘the bullet entered her back and exited through her chest’
    ‘they exited from the aircraft’
    with object ‘elephants enter and exit the forest on narrow paths’
    • ‘Smiling, he brushed his lips against her cheek, and just as quietly exited from the room.’
    • ‘While I was waiting at the arrivals gate, a large group of people exited from the flight previous to the one I was waiting for.’
    • ‘The small old men exited from the dramatic scene ashen-faced.’
    • ‘Reed knew as he exited the building that behind every door that lined the hallway lay a different type of danger.’
    • ‘I closed my eyes, waiting for him to exit, but he didn't.’
    • ‘The vessel exited from his view, spiraling out of control and plunging into the lake moments later.’
    • ‘He brought them to the side of the stream a ways away from the pit they had just exited from.’
    • ‘Then, the ambassador and his wife exited from their craft and headed toward the Empress.’
    • ‘I exited the hallway leading to the terminal and stopped once outside of the line of departing passengers.’
    • ‘The two boys ran up the winding staircase, passing several stories before exiting at the top floor.’
    • ‘Each aisle was first entered and exited from the back of the store opposite the cashier counters.’
    • ‘The man looked up, his eyes went wide, then he briskly exited the market.’
    • ‘He finishes and leaves, and I exit a few seconds later.’
    • ‘One of them got out, ushering me to exit on the right side of the car.’
    • ‘They both nodded and turned to exit, but Leaf stayed behind.’
    • ‘They had just exited from the hair salon and were climbing down the stairs.’
    • ‘He exited from the room and touched the necessary button to close the gunroom.’
    • ‘They soon were ordered to exit into an overcrowded hallway.’
    • ‘We exit quietly together into the cavernous corridor.’
    • ‘The trainee hooked up the long cord and exited from under the aircraft.’
    leave, go, go out, depart, take one's leave, make one's departure, make an exit
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    1. 1.1 (of an actor) leave the stage.
      • ‘When I returned to the club, Victoria was just exiting the stage.’
      • ‘Standing now, the applause reaches its crescendo, and she exits stage right.’
      • ‘She bows, turns stage left, and exits to the strains of the piano sonata.’
      • ‘At one performance of The Nutcracker that season, the young actress dropped her hoop on stage before exiting.’
      • ‘I had to wait through much of the next scene for everyone else to exit, and to get through my arguing scene with Mortimer.’
      • ‘The opening went off without a single problem and Lily exited the stage with a smile.’
      • ‘After each film snippet, the darkened stage lit up to reveal that person in the flesh, dressed in street clothes and performing one phrase, center stage, before exiting.’
      • ‘She stood up gracefully and took a low bow before exiting the stage.’
      • ‘The rest of the players exit, the curtain falls, and the stage is reset.’
      • ‘As the two lovers exit, Helena is left onstage alone with her conniving thoughts.’
      • ‘As he exited the stage, the audience gave a standing ovation that lasted almost three minutes.’
      • ‘In her final departure from the stage, she exits in an almost imperceptible motion that embodies both the blinding and undetectable transition to another space.’
      • ‘Testament to all of this are the ear splitting cheers to which Jon-Lee exits the stage.’
      • ‘Before I know it, they're done and are exiting the stage, laughing to each other.’
      • ‘He'd peered back at them from the wings of the stage as he exited.’
    2. 1.2exit Used as a stage direction in a printed play to indicate that a character leaves the stage.
      ‘exit Pamela’
      See also exeunt
    3. 1.3 Leave a particular situation.
      ‘organizations that do not have freedom to exit from unprofitable markets’
      • ‘They sought to renegotiate the terms of the funding being promised by the bank, which balked at the radical changes proposed and exited from the deal.’
      • ‘There is significant turnover in high-technology industries with firms both entering and exiting the market.’
      • ‘The company has exited from a number of non-performing businesses to focus on its core airport operations.’
      • ‘For others, it may mean exiting a market segment.’
      • ‘I am very concerned that there are people in this industry who have indicated they will exit the industry, because they feel that they just cannot make ends meet.’
      • ‘In addition there has been a retraction of the domestic market which has led the company to make a decision to exit the market entirely.’
      • ‘He exited at an early stage and is suggesting that he did badly because he was traumatised.’
      • ‘England stayed away, in the end, and exited at the first stage - again.’
      • ‘This may mean that buyers will not allow prices to rise like last time, but it could also mean that owners will be more ready to exit from the market.’
      • ‘Nine months ago, I was totally wrong about the immediate need to exit the stock market, although my advice to go into metals at the time was impeccably sound.’
      • ‘One explanation for these declines is obvious: Wives now have more freedom to exit bad relationships.’
      • ‘Now, twenty-eight years later, thanks to a decision by a Chilean appeals court, he exits the public stage still beyond the reach of the law.’
      • ‘I suspect the rumors are true and they'll soon be exiting the market completely.’
      • ‘If the price action rises after the evening star, traders will want to exit as soon as possible to minimize losses but still maintain a healthy risk measure.’
      • ‘When this bubble burst and companies exited the market in droves, rates went up dramatically.’
      • ‘Sellers with very good cars will exit the market, leaving only the relatively poor cars.’
      • ‘They are now exiting from the center stage of politics.’
      • ‘Nobody expected England and France would exit early.’
      • ‘It's a good thing that some wise women before our time, decided that women had to exit the non-income labour market, and get into the income labour market.’
      • ‘Firms have been quietly reducing excess capacity and exiting unprofitable businesses.’
    4. 1.4Computing Terminate a process or program, usually returning to an earlier or more general level of interaction.
      ‘this key enables you to temporarily exit from a LIFESPAN option’
      • ‘To exit the program, hit Alt-F again, and hit X or use the arrow keys to select Exit.’
      • ‘A user can right-click on that to exit the program - thereby preventing it from recording Web surfing, e-mail and chat sessions.’
      • ‘She quickly exited the program and turned her full attention to her friend.’
      • ‘Please quit all applications, exit Windows, and try again.’
      • ‘Changing modes like this does, however, require that you then exit the program and restart it for the changes to take effect.’
    5. 1.5Bridge Relinquish the lead.


Mid 16th century (as a stage direction): from Latin exit ‘he or she goes out’, third person singular present tense of exire, from ex- ‘out’ + ire ‘go’. The noun (late 16th century) is from Latin exitus ‘going out’, from the verb exire, and the other verb uses (early 17th century) derive from it.