Definition of outlet
1a : a place or opening through which something is let out : exit, ventb : a means of release or satisfaction for an emotion or impulse sexual outletsc : a medium of expression or publicationd : a publication or broadcast organization media outlets
2 : a stream flowing out of a lake or pond
3a : a market for a commodityb : an agency (such as a store) through which a product is marketed retail outlets
4 : a receptacle for the plug of an electrical device
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 of outlet from the Web
Gulf governments fund their own media outlets in London, lure journalists to their ranks, and then call the tune.
Originally conceived as another outlet for Jessica Koslow’s splendid jams, Sqirl grew into the neighborhood commissary.
In the marketplace, customers see Ace and True Value as brands that support locally owned, neighborhood hardware outlets.
A number of local businesses, churches and media outlets donated products or services, or offered services at a reduced cost to support the weekend build.
Various news outlets have reported that its range has the potential to reach Alaska and the coast of Canada.
As for what Trump will discuss with Putin, the issue of Russia’s 2016 election meddling will be relegated to the back burner, multiple outlets are reporting.
Two weeks ago, news outlets began reporting that Beyoncé and Jay-Z's twins were born.
Mindy Peterson, a spokeswoman for the RiverLink program, said more than 380 Speedway outlets in the two states, including around two dozen in the Louisville area, have the kits in stock.
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Origin and Etymology of outlet
Middle English ut-lete, from ut out + -lete watercourse, from Old English gelǣt, from lǣtan to let
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
OUTLET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of outlet for English Language Learners
: 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
OUTLET Defined for Kids
Definition of outlet for Students
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
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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