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[n. ee-gres; v. ih-gres] /n. ˈi grɛs; v. ɪˈgrɛs/
the act or an instance of going, especially from an enclosed place.
a means or place of going out; an exit.
the right or permission to go out.
Astronomy, emersion (def 1).
verb (used without object)
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
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Examples from the web for egress
  • The ballroom is accessible by escalator and it's designed to allow access and egress for big groups.
  • But the single means of egress is blocked by a wooden gate and a guard.
  • The flight crew is responsible for the safe egress of the passengers.
  • These are wood-frame houses with no sprinklers and only two means of egress.
  • Traffic controls are the only answer to this egress problem.
  • The staircases are iron, broad, and of easy ingress and egress.
  • Limited access to the roads also meant limited egress, and side trips become less convenient.
  • These standards address emergency lighting, low-location exit path markings, and signage for emergency egress and access.
  • The means of egress width shall not be less than required by this section.
  • Accessible means of egress shall comply with this section.
British Dictionary definitions for egress


noun (ˈiːɡrɛs)
Also called egression. the act of going or coming out; emergence
a way out, such as a path; exit
the right or permission to go out or depart
(astronomy) another name for emersion (sense 2)
verb (intransitive) (ɪˈɡrɛs)
to go forth; issue
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēgredī to come forth, depart, from gradī to move, step
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Word Origin and History for egress

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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