Asked • 04/18/19

выходить vs. уходить?

I once asked a native speaker what the difference is between выходить and уходить, and I was told that выходить means to exit in a general direction, while уходить means to exit in a specific direction, and that is related to why exit signs on transportation say выход. Recently another native speaker told me that there isn't really a serious distinction between выходить and уходить, and in particular that the distinction I was told before is false. Can native speakers here describe whether they see a difference between выходить and уходить, and if so what it is in practice?

Tatiana M.

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When these verbs are used as verbs of motion and not in idiomatic expressions (for example, выходить замуж) , выходить generally means to exit, while уходить means to leave.
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