From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishexitex‧it1 /ˈeɡzɪt, ˈeksɪt/ ●●● S3 W3 noun [countable] 1 TBa 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]LEAVE A PLACE when you leave a room or building They made a quick exit when they saw the police approaching.3 TTRa place where vehicles can leave a road such as a motorway, and join another road Take the next exit for Lynchburg.4 [usually singular]TAKE PART/BE INVOLVED 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 CupCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: a door or space through which you can leave a public room, building etcADJECTIVES/NOUN + exit 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 exitWhen the lights dimmed, she slipped out by the rear exit.the nearest exitPlease leave the building in an orderly fashion, using the nearest exit.verbshead for/make for the exit (=go to the exit)Disappointed fans began heading for the exits.use an exitIn the event of a fire, please use the emergency exit nearest to you.exit + NOUNan exit doorExit 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. COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: when you leave a room or buildingverbsmake your exit (=to leave)And then, kissing them both goodbye, he made his exit.make a quick/hurried etc exitI chatted to a few people, then made a quick exit.adjectivesa 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. COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 3: a place where vehicles can leave a road such as a motorway, and join another roadverbstake an exit/turn off at an exitTake the next exit, junction 15.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + exit the northbound/southbound etc exitThe northbound exit to the A139 will be closed until 6 a.m. on Monday.a motorway exit British English, a highway/freeway exit American English:He signalled a right as he came to his freeway exit.exit + NOUNan 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.
Examples from the Corpusexit• He threw his wife Sheila out of an emergency exit before leaping into the darkness after her seconds before the explosion.• an emergency exit• He was no hero: his final exit was ignominious.• We took the Neche-Pembina exit into a truck stop.• Take the 14th Street exit and then turn right.• He was whisked away as his audience bolted for the exits.• I sneaked into the auditorium through the exit at the north corridor and nestled in about half way down the aisle.• Then, holding her own breath and moving stealthily on tiptoe, she began to ease her way towards the exit.• There are two exits at the back of the plane.emergency/fire exit• This is the main cabin door which also serves as an emergency exit.• He threw his wife Sheila out of an emergency exit before leaping into the darkness after her seconds before the explosion.• If the delay is too long, people will not walk through smoke to an emergency exit.• They kicked open the door and tossed us out into the snow through the back fire exit.• The cement corridor beyond was lit only by the emergency exit sign.• Only four of the 77 passengers were slightly injured while escaping from the emergency exits but the aircraft was badly damaged.• As I passed the ladies I noticed that the beer crates stashed in front of the Fire Exit had been moved aside.• But I came out of the stand through the fire exit and I can't get back in.made ... exit• Unafraid, he plucked the heart and made his exit.• Instead, he picked up the questionnaire and made an abrupt exit with-out saying a word.• Stella was in the prompt corner wielding her torch when O'Hara made his second exit.• Ian Wright also had food for thought as he made a hasty exit from Arsenal's demoralised dressing room.• When it became clear that he had nothing to tell me, I made my exit in the face of dismissive politeness.• No special tonal provision is made for the exit from scenes such as these.• The town gates were set in the walls where these principal thoroughfares made their exit.