The Oxford English Dictionary is changing its way of describing “exit” in 2018.
According to the new edition, exit will no longer be defined as “to go or go away from.”
Instead, exit can be used to describe “to change from one state of mind to another.”
“The new definition is consistent with Oxford’s long-standing use of exit in reference to a person departing from a particular state of being,” the OED said in a press release.
“Exit is often a neutral term for leaving, and the Oed does not define it in the way the dictionary definition does,” the statement added.
For example, the word exit can refer to a change in state of consciousness, and exit from a hospital or doctor’s office could be defined similarly.
“In the future, we will use ‘exit’ to refer to the process of leaving one’s mind and body,” Oxford said in the press release, adding that it is not a new term.
“We also plan to publish a new definition for exit in 2018,” the dictionary added.
The OED did not say whether exit would be used in the future to describe an event like leaving a job.
The dictionary did say that it would continue to use exit as a synonym for “to leave,” which is used by some in the legal field to refer the act of leaving a workplace.
“While the Oxford English dictionary does not use exit in the same way as it does in other dictionaries, we believe that a distinction between the two terms is crucial to make,” Oxford added.