ex·it (ĕgzĭt, ĕksĭt)
1. The act of going away or out.
2. A passage or way out: an emergency exit in a theater; took the second exit on the throughway.
3. The departure of a performer from the stage.
v. ex·it·ed, ex·it·ing, ex·its
To make one's exit; depart.
1. To go out of; leave: exited the plane through a rear door.
2. Computers To terminate the execution of (an application): exited the subroutine.
[From Latin, third person sing. of exīre, to go out : ex-, ex- + īre, to go; see ei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots. N., sense 2, from Latin exitus, from past participle of exīre.]
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