exit Definition

  • 1a way out of a building, room, or vehicle
  • 2the action of leaving a place, especially one that is dangerous or unpleasant
  • 3a departure from a particular state or situation

Using exit: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "exit" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The emergency exit is located at the back of the plane.

  • Example

    Please use the side exit to leave the building.

  • Example

    His sudden exit from the company surprised everyone.

  • Example

    The exit of the team's star player hurt their chances of winning.

exit Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for exit

Idioms Using exit

  • to leave a place or situation, often in a dramatic or noticeable way


    After his embarrassing mistake, he made a quick exit from the party.

  • exit stage left/right

    to leave a situation, often in a humorous or theatrical way, referencing the direction actors traditionally use to exit a stage


    When the argument got too heated, I decided to exit stage left before things got worse.

  • a document issued by a government allowing a person to leave a country


    He had to apply for an exit visa before he could leave the country.

Phrases with exit

  • a plan for leaving a difficult or undesirable situation


    The company needs to come up with an exit strategy for their failing product line.

  • a meeting between an employer and an employee who is leaving the company, to discuss the reasons for leaving and provide feedback


    After her resignation, she had an exit interview with her manager.

  • a survey of a sample of voters taken after they have voted, used to predict the outcome of an election


    The exit polls showed a clear lead for the incumbent candidate.

Origins of exit

from Latin 'exitus', meaning 'a going out'


Summary: exit in Brief

The term 'exit' [ˈɛksɪt] refers to a way out of a building, room, or vehicle, as well as the act of leaving a place or situation. It can denote a departure from a particular state or situation, as in 'His sudden exit from the company surprised everyone.' Phrases like 'exit strategy' and idioms like 'make an exit' are commonly used. 'Exit' has formal synonyms like 'egress' and 'departure,' and informal ones like 'way out' and 'getaway.'

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