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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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 Ballroom space at party headquarters was in such hot demand that several prominent news outlets complained to him about the locations of their tables. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Making of the Iowa Caucuses: 20 Minutes That Changed History," 7 Feb. 2020 The issue has become a core part of Democratic presidential platforms and coverage from mainstream news outlets. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Radical Possibilities of Not Paying Your Student Loans," 7 Feb. 2020 And aside from the Spanish-language Latino De Hoy, no major print news outlet has a top editor who’s Latino. oregonlive, "‘American Dirt’ reminds Oregon’s Latino writers, journalists of their own barriers, struggles in publishing," 6 Feb. 2020 The Tacoma Trail has 18-inch dark gray TRD off-road wheels wrapped with Kevlar all-terrain tires, a Tacoma Limited grille, and a 115-volt power outlet in the bed along a lockable storage bin on the driver's side that can be used as a cooler. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Toyota Brings Back Trail Edition for 2021 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra," 6 Feb. 2020 Police had not announced any suspects or arrests, news outlets report. USA TODAY, "‘Bag Full of Drugs,’ kiwiberries, retiring bulldog: News from around our 50 states," 6 Feb. 2020 Following the training, the outlet says the general counsel of Prada will report back to the commission on the employee’s compliance. Sara Radin, refinery29.com, "New York City Government Is Getting Involved With The Fashion Industry’s Race Problem," 5 Feb. 2020 In the early days of the outbreak, the Chinese public’s frustrations over how the communist government was handling the problem were left largely uncensored online, and news outlets reported rigorously on it. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "China clamps down on negative news," 5 Feb. 2020 Police tried to stop a vehicle on the highway and the driver wouldn't pull over, news outlets reported. Fox News, "Alabama police officer fatally shot in traffic stop, man charged with murder," 5 Feb. 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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10 Feb 2020

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“Outlet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlet. Accessed 17 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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