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Topic: ROADS

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

exit

1 noun
     
ex‧it1 S3 [countable]
1TB 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.
3TTR 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 [= departure]:
France's early exit from the World Cup
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