from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of going away or out.
  • n. A passage or way out: an emergency exit in a theater; took the second exit on the throughway.
  • n. The departure of a performer from the stage.
  • n. Death.
  • intransitive v. To make one's exit; depart.
  • transitive v. To go out of; leave: exited the plane through a rear door.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To terminate the execution of (an application): exited the subroutine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A way out.
  • n. A passage or gate from inside someplace to the outside, outgang.
  • n. The action of leaving.
  • v. To go out
  • v. To leave

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • He (or she ) goes out, or retires from view.
  • n. The departure of a player from the stage, when he has performed his part.
  • n. Any departure; the act of quitting the stage of action or of life; death.
  • n. A way of departure; passage out of a place; egress; way out.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A way of departure; a passage out.
  • n. The departure of a player from the stage when he has performed his part.
  • n. Hence Any departure; specifically, the act of quitting the stage of action or of life; death; decease.
  • n. In plays, a direction to mark the time of an actor's quitting the stage.
  • n. In phonetics, an off-glide or vanish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an opening that permits escape or release
  • n. euphemistic expressions for death
  • n. the act of going out
  • v. lose the lead
  • v. move out of or depart from
  • v. pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life


From Latin, third person sing. of exīre, to go out : ex-, ex- + īre, to go. N. from Latin exitus, from past participle of exīre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Depending on the sense, from two distinct but closely related Latin roots: (Wiktionary)


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  • éxito: success

    January 30, 2008