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 On Tuesday morning, Axios reported that Florida Representative Matt Gaetz was thinking about leaving Congress for a conservative media gig, perhaps at Newsmax or another friendly outlet. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Matt Gaetz’s Trumpian Defense Against Allegations of Sex Trafficking," 31 Mar. 2021 So all these moves by ex-leaders into podcasting, publishing, movies, and TV could be a celebrity twist on the idea of the Encore Career, a necessary outlet for people long defined by their restless drive. BostonGlobe.com, "The new career trajectory of the powerful: president one day, podcaster the next," 25 Mar. 2021 Many say this altered the media landscape for good as Twitter emerged as a new outlet for the near-instantaneous sharing of breaking news. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, "Twitter turns 15: A look back at how the platform changed our lives," 21 Mar. 2021 Besides, with only 23 remaining locations, Kmart is no longer a profitable and dependable outlet for suppliers. Michael Lisicky, Forbes, "Kmart Has Kept The Lights On At A Manhattan Landmark For 25 Years," 9 Mar. 2021 In December, Smartmatic also threatened legal action in letters to Newsmax and another far-right outlet, One America News. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Dominion lawsuit against MyPillow guy describes Newsmax priorities as ‘groveling fealty to big sponsors over regard for the truth’," 22 Feb. 2021 But Blaxploitation flourished and proved a valuable new outlet for Black voices. Chris Nashawaty, EW.com, "The birth of Blaxploitation: How Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasss Song sparked a genre," 19 Feb. 2021 Hooking up with NFL Alumni provides a fertile outlet for these stories, with more in the works. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "NFL alumni group updates its playbook to address money game," 13 Feb. 2021 Fairchild hopes that Boo-Kay NYC will continue to provide a source of income — and a creative outlet — for its workers even after theaters reopen. New York Times, "The T List: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, Part II," 11 Feb. 2021

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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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5 Apr 2021

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“Outlet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlet. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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