exit card


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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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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