1 [eg-zit, ek-sit]
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.
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.

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

excited, exited.
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2 [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.

1530–40; < Latin ex(i)it literally, (he) goes out, 3rd singular present of exīre; see exit1

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exit (ˈɛɡzɪt, ˈɛksɪt)
1.  a way out; door or gate by which people may leave
2.  the act or an instance of going out; departure
3.  a.  the act of leaving or right to leave a particular place
 b.  (as modifier): an exit visa
4.  departure from life; death
5.  theatre the act of going offstage
6.  (in Britain) a point at which vehicles may leave or join a motorway
7.  bridge
 a.  the act of losing the lead deliberately
 b.  a card enabling one to do this
8.  to go away or out; depart; leave
9.  theatre to go offstage: used as a stage direction: exit Hamlet
10.  bridge to lose the lead deliberately
11.  (sometimes tr) computing to leave (a computer program or system)
[C17: from Latin exitus a departure, from exīre to go out, from ex-1 + īre to go]

Exit (ˈɛɡzɪt, ˈɛksɪt)
(in Britain) a society that seeks to promote the legitimization of voluntary euthanasia

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Word Origin & History

1530s, from L. exit "he or she goes out," third person sing. pres. indicative of exire "go out," from ex- "out" + ire "go." Also from L. exitus "a leaving, a going out," noun of action from exire. Originally in English as a stage direction (late 15c.); sense of "door for leaving" is 1786. The verb is
c.1600, from the noun; it ought to be left to stage directions and the clunky jargon of police reports. Related: Exited; exiting.
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Computing Dictionary

exit definition

1. A library function in the C and Unix run-time library that causes the program to terminate and return control to the shell. The alternative to calling "exit" is simply to "fall off the end" of the program or its top-level, main, routine.
Equivalent functions, possibly with different names, exist in pretty much every programming language, e.g. "exit" in Microsoft DOS or "END" in BASIC.
On exit, the run-time system closes open files and releases other resources. An exit status code (a small integer, with zero meaning OK and other values typically indicating some kind of error) can be passed as the only argument to "exit"; this will be made available to the shell. Some languages allow the programmer to set up exit handler code which will be called before the standard system clean-up actions.
2. Any point in a piece of code where control is returned to the caller, possibly activating one or more user-provided exit handlers. This might be a return statement, exit call (in sense 1 above) or code that raises an error condition (either intentionally or unintentionally). If the exit is from the top-level routine then such a point would typically terminate the whole program, as in sense 1.
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Example sentences
Nor is it clear if the job offer is for a full time position at the advertized
  exit salary.
Entrance and exit ramps connect the streets at every intersection.
The heat and smoke, rising to ceiling height, had effectively hidden all exit
Plus, when you exit one side you pop up on the other.
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