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 Several days later, Weaver explained in an interview with media outlet them.us that her stepmother’s passing in 2020 had a strong influence on her decision to come out. NBC News, 11 Oct. 2021 Donda Academy, which is said to be backed by Adidas, will count junior Jalen Hooks as a member, the outlet added. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 9 Oct. 2021 For the first few months an overcrowded Starbucks was the only food outlet in the hall (though a couple more have opened recently, and a full food court is promised for later this year). Richard Zoglin, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 On Friday the music outlet reported that from September 27 to October 3, his music streams were up 22%, album sales were up 517% and video streams were up 23% compared to the week before. Marisa Dellatto, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Every living composer who had a symphony performed from 1831 to 1849 by the Société des Concerts, Paris’s sole enduring outlet for orchestral music, found Beethoven closing the bill. New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 The paper has been around far longer than just about any other independent Russian media, and has also lost more journalists to murder than any other outlet. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 8 Oct. 2021 Since its inception, the digital outlet found favor with Silicon Valley’s deep pockets, raising over $70 million from Axel Springer, Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective, SuRo Capital, and billionaire venture capitalist Marc Lasry. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 7 Oct. 2021 Some families made yearly shopping pilgrimages to the States, creating a vacation out of trips to outlet malls in cities like Orlando and Dallas. Ana Escalante, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Oct. 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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14 Oct 2021

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“Outlet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outlet. Accessed 20 Oct. 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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