outlet

noun out·let \ ˈau̇t-ˌlet , -lət \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of outlet

1 a : 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
3 a : 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

Examples of outlet in a Sentence

  1. this road is the only outlet for traffic coming from the racetrack

  2. technology has provided many new outlets for amateur writers and artists to share their work with a global audience

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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

outlet Synonyms

Synonyms
egress, issue, exit
Antonyms
entrance, entranceway, entry, entryway, ingress
Related Words
escape, escape hatch, release; gate, mouth, opening, passage, vent
Near Antonyms
access, entrée (or entree)

OUTLET Defined for English Language Learners

outlet

noun

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

outlet

noun out·let \ ˈau̇t-ˌlet \

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 Dictionary

outlet

noun 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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