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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Andrew Wendler brings decades of wrenching, writing, and editorial experience with numerous outlets to Car and Driver. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "Andrew Wendler," 13 May 2019 The company’s stores now do double duty as warehouses, enabling customers to pick up purchases made online at its outlets, with around 40% of its online sales fulfilled this way, according to analysts at Jefferies Group LLC. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Best Buy Expected to Look for Tech-Savvy CFO to Advance Turnaround," 15 Apr. 2019 The piece, which gained traction online and was recently covered by other news outlets, had some questioning: Do AirPods actually cause cancer? Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Can AirPods and Other Wireless Headphones Really Cause Cancer?," 17 Mar. 2019 Several European news outlets, citing European diplomatic sources, reported Thursday that Trump had threatened to pull out of the 69-year-old alliance. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Trump says US won't pull out of NATO after receiving commitments from allies," 12 July 2018 Yesterday, paparazzi photos of Prince Charles on a beach in Barbados in his swimming trunks were published by several media outlets. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Paparazzi Photos of Prince Charles and Camilla on the Beach in Barbados Are Causing Controversy," 20 Mar. 2019 Many media outlets highlighted the comment about Patrick, which prompted Ellen to speak out. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Stick by Ellen Pompeo After "Lay Off the Booze" Tweet Goes Viral," 11 Dec. 2018 Authorities did not say whether the couple, identified by multiple media outlets as 45-year-old Charlie Rowley and 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess, were exposed to the same batch of Novichok that poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "UK couple were poisoned by same nerve agent as ex-Russian spy, police say," 2 Oct. 2018 There are privacy screens, personal outlets, and reading lights—so why skip the traditional room and veer towards a summer camp style of sleeping (especially as an adult)? Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Who’s Sleeping in All These Hotel Bunk Beds?," 28 Mar. 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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