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[eg-zit, ek-sit] /ˈɛg zɪt, ˈɛk sɪt/
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.
Origin of exit1
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
Can be confused
excited, exited.


[eg-zit, ek-sit] /ˈɛg zɪt, ˈɛk sɪt/
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 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for exiting


/ˈɛɡzɪt; ˈɛksɪt/
a way out; door or gate by which people may leave
the act or an instance of going out; departure
  1. the act of leaving or right to leave a particular place
  2. (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
  1. the act of losing the lead deliberately
  2. a card enabling one to do this
verb (intransitive)
to go away or out; depart; leave
(theatre) to go offstage: used as a stage direction: exit Hamlet
(bridge) to lose the lead deliberately
(sometimes transitive) (computing) to leave (a computer program or system)
Word Origin
C17: from Latin exitus a departure, from exīre to go out, from ex-1 + īre to go


/ˈɛɡzɪt; ˈɛksɪt/
(in Britain) a society that seeks to promote the legitimization of voluntary euthanasia
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Word Origin and History for exiting



1530s, from Latin exit "he or she goes out," third person singular present indicative of exire "go out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + ire "to go" (see ion).

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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