exit vs going what difference

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  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɛksɪt/, /ˈɛɡzɪt/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɛɡzət/, /ˈɛksət/
  • Rhymes: -ɛksɪt
  • Hyphenation: ex‧it

Etymology 1

The noun is derived from Latin exitus (departure, going out; way by which one may go out, egress; (figuratively) conclusion, termination; (figuratively) death; income, revenue), from exeō (to depart, exit; to avoid, evade; (figuratively) to escape; of time: to expire, run out) + -tus (suffix forming action nouns from verbs). Exeō is derived from ex- (prefix meaning ‘out, away’) + (to go) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ey- (to go)). The English word is cognate with Italian esito, Portuguese êxito, Spanish éxito. Doublet of ejido.

The verb is derived from the noun.


exit (plural exits)

  1. An act of going out or going away, or leaving; a departure.
    Synonyms: egress, outgoing
    Antonyms: entrance, entry, ingoing, ingress
    1. (specifically, drama) The action of an actor leaving a scene or the stage.
  2. A way out.
    1. An opening or passage through which one can go from inside a place (such as a building, a room, or a vehicle) to the outside; an egress.
      Synonyms: outgang, outway
      Antonyms: entrance, entranceway, entry, (archaic, rare) entryway, ingang, ingress, portal
    2. (road transport) A minor road (such as a ramp or slip road) which is used to leave a major road (such as an expressway, highway, or motorway).
  3. (figuratively, often euphemistic) The act of departing from life; death.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:death
Derived terms
Related terms
  • exits (income, returns, revenue) (historical)
  • issue


exit (third-person singular simple present exits, present participle exiting, simple past and past participle exited)

  1. (intransitive) To go out or go away from a place or situation; to depart, to leave.
    Antonyms: arrive, come, enter, ingress
    1. (theater) To leave a scene or depart from a stage.
      Desdemona exits stage left.
  2. (intransitive, often euphemistic) To depart from life; to die.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:die
  3. (transitive, intransitive, computing) To end or terminate (a program, subroutine, etc.)
  4. (transitive, originally US, also figuratively) To depart from or leave (a place or situation).
    Antonym: enter
    1. (transitive, specifically) To alight or disembark from a vehicle.
  5. (bridge, intransitive) To give up the lead.
    • 2014, D. K. Acharya, Standard Methods of Contract Bridge Complete (page 173)
      West now plays a low club to the J and Q. North exits in a trump.
Derived terms
  • exiter
  • exiting (noun)
Related terms
  • exeunt

Etymology 2

Borrowed from Latin exit, the third-person singular present active indicative of exeō (to depart, exit; to avoid, evade; (figuratively) to escape; of time: to expire, run out); see further at etymology 1 above.



  1. (intransitive, drama, also figuratively) Used as a stage direction for an actor: to leave the scene or stage.
    Synonym: exeat
Derived terms
  • exit stage left
Related terms
  • exeunt


Further reading

  • exit (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia



From exeō (exit, go out), from ē (out) + (go).



  1. third-person singular present active indicative of exeō

Related terms

  • exeunt


  • English: exit (used as a stage direction for an actor: to leave the scene or stage)



  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡəʊɪŋ/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡoʊɪŋ/, /ˈɡɔɪŋ/
  • Hyphenation: go‧ing
  • Rhymes: -əʊɪŋ


Verb form from Middle English goinge, goynge, gayng, variants of gonde, goonde, gaand, from Old English gānde, from Proto-Germanic *gēndz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *gēną, *gāną (to go), equivalent to go +‎ -ing. Cognate with West Frisian geanend (going), Dutch gaand (going), German gehend (going), Danish gående (going), Swedish gående (going).

Noun and adjective from Middle English going, goyng, gaing, gayng, equivalent to go +‎ -ing. Compare German Gehung, Old English gang (a going). More at gang.



  1. present participle of go
  2. (in combination) Attending or visiting (a stated event, place, etc.) habitually or regularly.
    theatre-going, church-going, movie-going



going (plural goings)

  1. A departure.
    • 1953, Samuel Beckett, Watt
      But he found it strange to think [] of all these little things that cluster round the comings, and the stayings, and the goings, that he would know nothing of them, nothing of what they had been, as long as he lived, []
  2. The suitability of ground for riding, walking etc.
    The going was very difficult over the ice.
  3. Progress.
    We made good going for a while, but then we came to the price.
  4. (figuratively) Conditions for advancing in any way.
    Not only were the streets not paved with gold, but the going was difficult for an immigrant.
  5. (obsolete) pregnancy; gestation; childbearing
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of Crew to this entry?)
  6. (in the plural) Course of life; behaviour; doings; ways.
    • His eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.
  7. (in the phrase “the going of”) The whereabouts (of something).
    I can’t find my sunglasses; you haven’t seen the going of them, have you?



going (not comparable)

  1. Likely to continue; viable.
    He didn’t want to make an unsecured loan to the business because it didn’t look like a going concern.
  2. Current, prevailing.
    The going rate for manual snow-shoveling is $25 an hour.
  3. (especially after a noun phrase with a superlative) Available.
    He has the easiest job going.
    • 2013, Natalie Dormer, interview on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson:
      Craig: Did you look at Tudor life? did you do a lot of studying about that?
      Natalie: Yeah, I was really geeky about it, I read every single book that was going.



See also

  • going to


  • oggin

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