out·​let | \ ˈau̇t-ˌlet How to pronounce outlet (audio) , -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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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 The singer was reportedly robbed in London on Friday night (Feb. 14), according to multiple outlets including People. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Harry Styles Is OK After He Was Reportedly Mugged at Knifepoint," 19 Feb. 2020 And after coming in third place in Iowa and fourth in New Hampshire, attention to Warren has been dwindling, with a national press corps that's now reduced to major outlets. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: The Nevada debate edition," 19 Feb. 2020 That was not the case, and a spokesperson for The Times had to confirm to media outlets that the interview was in fact recorded on Jan. 28, during the trial, and that Rotunno was made aware of the airdate. Megan Twohey, New York Times, "A Question That Almost Went Unasked," 14 Feb. 2020 Mother Dairy has lent its brand name to these outlets. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Delhi’s neighbourhood milk booth wants to switch it up with new cafes," 9 Feb. 2020 Marquez, however has spoken to numerous media outlets and provided numerous pictures of her children. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "'I don't know what she grew up to be.' Family holds vigil for child whose remains were found," 9 Feb. 2020 In North Carolina's Gaston County, Terry Roger Fisher was killed after his pickup truck hydroplaned in heavy rain, plunged down a 25-foot embankment and overturned in a creek, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said, according to news outlets. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Winter storm churning through eastern US after battering the south," 7 Feb. 2020 In North Carolina’s Gaston County, a driver was killed after his pickup truck hydroplaned in heavy rain, plunged down a 25-foot embankment and overturned in a creek, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said, according to news outlets. NBC News, "Storms sweep over Southeast with rain, wind, floods; 4 dead," 6 Feb. 2020 Bryant, 41, died Sunday when a helicopter slammed into a hillside near Malibu in Los Angeles County, according to multiple media outlets. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Kobe Bryant's Indiana moments: Reggie Miller, retirement, Tamika Catchings, 2000 NBA Finals," 26 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of outlet was in the 13th century

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24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Outlet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlet. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce outlet (audio) \

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 How to pronounce outlet (audio) \

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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