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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Synonyms & Antonyms for outlet


egress, exit, issue


entrance, entranceway, entry, entryway, ingress

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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

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The winner was determined by a vote of the entire PBWA, which is composed of more than 200 writers and editors who cover the NBA regularly for newspapers, magazines and online news outlets. Joe Freeman, oregonlive.com, "Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard earns J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award from Professional Basketball Writers Association," 12 June 2019 Hard-line news outlets in Iran immediately picked up the front page from the paper, published by students of Islamic Azad University, which has campuses across the nation. Fox News, "The Latest: Yemen rebels target Saudi airport, 26 wounded," 12 June 2019 News outlets quote a Greenville County sheriff's report as saying deputies learned of the May confrontation after Jamie Rathburn posted a Facebook video ranting about the bullies. NBC News, "A South Carolina mother confronted her son's bullies. Then she was arrested.," 12 June 2019 Golunov writes for Meduza, a popular Russian-language news outlet based in Latvia that often publishes stories critical of the Russian government. Anton Troianovski, BostonGlobe.com, "Russian investigative journalist freed after days of protests," 11 June 2019 Jackson County Emergency Management Agency spokesman Derek Woolbright told news outlets the body of Steven Pierce of Eddyville, Kentucky, was found about an hour after crews resumed searching. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Crews find body of 2-year-old swept away in flash flood at Tennessee park," 11 June 2019 All the nation's news outlets are prepared for a surge of viewer absorption in the election. Brian Steinberg, chicagotribune.com, "NBC News sets Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Rachel Maddow among first Democratic debate moderators," 11 June 2019 Gustavo de Hoyos, president of the Coparmex business group, told the Milenio news outlet. latimes.com, "Mexico dodged tariffs but still could face major costs under new U.S. deal," 8 June 2019 Back in April, local outlet Star News reported that production on Swamp Thing had been cut unexpectedly short, and that season 1’s episode order had been reduced from 13 to 10. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Swamp Thing canceled by DC Universe after one season," 6 June 2019

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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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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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