Meaning of EXIT in English

I. ex ‧ it 1 S3 /ˈeɡzət, ˈeɡzɪt, ˈeksət/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: exitus , from the past participle of exire 'to go out' ]

1 . a door or space through which you can leave a public room, building etc:

We made for the nearest exit.

an exit door

Two men were blocking her exit.

emergency/fire exit (=a special door used only when there is a fire etc)

2 . [usually singular] when you leave a room or building:

They made a quick exit when they saw the police approaching.

3 . a place where vehicles can leave a road such as a ↑ motorway , and join another road:

Take the next exit for Lynchburg.

4 . [usually singular] when someone stops being involved in a competition or business, especially because they have not been successful SYN departure :

France’s early exit from the World Cup

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 1)


▪ a fire/emergency exit (=a special door, used if there is an emergency or a fire)

Fire crews discovered that the club’s fire exit door had been locked.

▪ the front/rear/side exit

When the lights dimmed, she slipped out by the rear exit.

▪ the nearest exit

Please leave the building in an orderly fashion, using the nearest exit.

■ verbs

▪ head for/make for the exit (=go to the exit)

Disappointed fans began heading for the exits.

▪ use an exit

In the event of a fire, please use the emergency exit nearest to you.

■ exit + NOUN

▪ an exit door

Exit doors shouldn’t be blocked at any time.

▪ an exit route (=a way out of a building, plane etc, used in an emergency or a fire)

Staff must become familiar with the building’s exit routes.

▪ an exit sign (=one showing where an exit is)

There was a red glowing exit sign over the door.

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)

■ verbs

▪ make your exit (=to leave)

And then, kissing them both goodbye, he made his exit.

▪ make a quick/hurried etc exit

I chatted to a few people, then made a quick exit.

■ adjectives

▪ a quick/fast exit (=done more quickly than usual)

I made a quick exit before the speeches began.

▪ a hurried/swift exit (=very quick)

The family made a hurried exit, leaving many of their belongings behind.

▪ a dignified exit (=when someone leaves in a way that makes people respect them)

Marco did his best to make a dignified exit, but with the amount he’d drunk, it proved difficult.

▪ an undignified exit (=when someone leaves in a way that is embarrassing or makes them look silly)

She made a rather undignified exit, tripping down the step.

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 3)

■ verbs

▪ take an exit/turn off at an exit

Take the next exit, junction 15.


▪ the northbound/southbound etc exit

The northbound exit to the A139 will be closed until 6 a.m. on Monday.

▪ a motorway exit British English , a highway/freeway exit AmE:

He signalled a right as he came to his freeway exit.

■ exit + NOUN

▪ an exit sign (=one showing the names of places or roads near an exit)

Stay on the same road until you see an exit sign for Rhode Island.

II. exit 2 BrE AmE verb [intransitive and transitive]

1 . formal to leave a place

exit from/through

I exited through a side window.

He exited the courtroom in a fury.

2 . to stop using a computer program:

Press F3 to exit.

3 . used in the instructions of a play to tell an actor to leave the stage:

Exit Hamlet, bearing the body of Polonius.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.