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

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Of the 14 journalists murdered in Mexico last year, almost all worked for independent outlets. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 Barber was linked to Drake once again in 2017 as a gossip outlet spotted the pair together in various locations. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Decoding All of Drake's References on 'In My Feelings'," 13 July 2018 McDonald's said five outlets in Hiroshima and another in Ehime were without water. Fox News, "Thousands still in shelters after deadly flooding in Japan," 13 July 2018 The exchange prompted some intramural squabbling among news outlets — another sign of Mr. Trump’s skill in not only insulting the news media, but in dividing it as well. New York Times, "‘Fake News’ Goes Global as Trump, in Britain, Rips the Press," 13 July 2018 Hoffmann wants to add 1,000 net new Dunkin’ locations, primarily outside the core Northeast footprint, to the chain’s roughly 9,200 US outlets by the end of 2020. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 13 July 2018 Netflix's deep-pockets approach has lured a number of TV's biggest creative stars, including Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy, away from traditional outlets. Lynn Elber, The Christian Science Monitor, "Streaming continues its dominance as Netflix breaks HBO's 17-year Emmys streak," 13 July 2018 That pioneer spirit finds a new outlet this fall, with a debut EP that further burnishes the DJs’ reputation on the international circuit. Kate Branch, Vogue, "This DJ Sister Act Is the Only Beauty Inspiration You Need This Summer," 12 July 2018 Social media is a firehouse of information and leave readers and outlets alike at the whim of algorithms. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Judd Legum Wants to Fix News With a Newsletter," 12 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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