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 average number of monthly unique visitors to the U.S. news outlets with the highest traffic has risen to approximately 22.4 million in the fourth quarter of last year, compared with nearly 19 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Brian Steinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Why Lester Holt went to jail for NBC News," 4 Sep. 2019 Representatives from the company declined to comment to other news outlets. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Former Passengers of Dive Boat Never Felt 'Unsafe,' as Coast Guard Says Fire Blocked Exits," 4 Sep. 2019 It has been shared widely by US officials and news outlets like CNN. Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "15 images and videos that show the extent of Hurricane Dorian’s destruction in the Bahamas," 3 Sep. 2019 That prompted numerous news outlets and reporters — including Jonathan Karl, the chief White House correspondent for ABC News — to point out that Trump's statement on Alabama was misleading or incorrect. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "'I'm a victim of a drive-by tweet': Kentucky pastor mistakenly flamed by miffed Trump," 3 Sep. 2019 While company officials did not release an official list of the locations closing, news outlets across the nation reported this week about some of the closings and lists were posted on sites including www.thelayoff.com. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Kmart, Sears closing: 3 NKY, Greater Cincinnati stores on list," 2 Sep. 2019 While company officials did not release an official list of the locations closing, news outlets across the nation reported this week that their local stores were closing. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Kmart, Sears closing additional stores by the end of the year. Is your location closing?," 31 Aug. 2019 According to the Italian news outlet La Repubblica Wednesday’s eruption was apparently not as strong as the eruption in July. Time, "The Eruption of Italy's Stromboli Volcano Resulted in Some Harrowing Images From Nearby Tourists," 29 Aug. 2019 Grant David Whitaker, 25, from Mackinaw, Illinois, was reported missing last Tuesday, August 20, according to a release published in the news outlet The Deaf Report. Aidan Freeman, The Mercury News, "Missing Mendocino camper: Body found, companion arrested in Mexico," 27 Aug. 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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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