out·​let | \ˈau̇t-ˌlet, -lət\

Definition of outlet 

1a : a place or opening through which something is let out : exit, vent

b : a means of release or satisfaction for an emotion or impulse sexual outlets

c : a medium of expression or publication

d : a publication or broadcast organization media outlets

2 : a stream flowing out of a lake or pond

3a : a market for a commodity

b : an agency (such as a store) through which a product is marketed retail outlets

4 : a receptacle for the plug of an electrical device

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Synonyms & Antonyms for outlet


egress, exit, issue


entrance, entranceway, entry, entryway, ingress

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Examples of outlet in a Sentence

this road is the only outlet for traffic coming from the racetrack technology has provided many new outlets for amateur writers and artists to share their work with a global audience

Recent Examples on the Web

Food Heaven Made Easy started in 2011 as a creative outlet for two friends to spread the word about delicious and nutritious living. SELF, "8 Influencers Making the Wellness World More Inclusive," 7 Nov. 2018 Plus, its outlets are spaced enough apart so giant plugs can fit without taking up two spots. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "I just bought another of these Belkin 10-outlet surge protectors for $20 and you should too," 25 Oct. 2018 The outlet also reports that production is slated to start next summer. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "West Side Story," 1 Oct. 2018 The outlet shared photos of the two taking pics for fans and even stopping for a cuddly hug. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes and Hailey Baldwin's Relationship Timeline," 27 July 2018 The outlet reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is conducting an investigation to find out how the accident occurred. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Father, 43, Survives Being Impaled by Huge Metal Spear," 12 July 2018 Richard Bratz tells news outlets that officers were called out Monday night to the home in Prices Corner. CBS News, "Neighbor: Boy discovers 5 people, including 3 kids, dead inside Delaware home," 10 July 2018 Fox News Channel is likely to be the outlet where most Americans learned of Trump’s decision. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Networks covering Supreme Court pick move to battle stations," 9 July 2018 MacRumors was the first outlet to report Kuo's findings, and has also shared some early renderings of the three phones. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Everything You Need To Know About The New iPhone Rumors," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of outlet

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for outlet

Middle English ut-lete, from ut out + -lete watercourse, from Old English gelǣt, from lǣtan to let

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English Language Learners Definition of outlet

: something that people use to express their emotions or talents

: a store that sells products made usually by one company and often at reduced prices

: a television, radio, or publishing company


out·​let | \ˈau̇t-ˌlet \

Kids Definition of outlet

1 : a place or opening for letting something out The lake has several outlets.

2 : a way of releasing or expressing a feeling or impulse I needed an outlet for my anger.

3 : a device (as in a wall) into which the prongs of an electrical plug are inserted for making connection with an electrical circuit


out·​let | \ˈau̇t-ˌlet, -lət \

Medical Definition of outlet 

1 : an opening or a place through which something is let out the pelvic outlet

2 : a means of release or satisfaction for an emotion or impulse counseling provides an outlet for expressing and evaluating their feelings— Vicki Glaser

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