Definition of outlet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtlɛt/


1A pipe or hole through which water or gas may escape.
Example sentences
  • In the base of the gutter were outlets leading to drain pipes to take the water away.
  • They ventured through the old rust belt of inner city Melbourne and along the merry creek until they came across the outlet of a storm water pipe.
  • Large plastic pipes run from the outlet of the four blowers to airtight holes drilled in the platform.
vent, vent hole, way out, exit, egress;
outfall, opening, channel, trench, culvert, cut, conduit, ditch, mouth, valve, safety valve, blow-off;
orifice, pore, duct
1.1The mouth of a river.
Example sentences
  • The Tekapo River is the outlet of Lake Tekapo, not far from Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki.
  • The eel is to be found in 99% of British waters, though the quantity will depend on factors such as inlets and outlets to rivers and streams.
  • This water flows back into the lake down an artificial weir and man-made stream to re-enter the lake at three outlets along the island bank.
1.2An output socket in an electrical device.
Example sentences
  • The rechargeable battery may be charged by a battery charger that is connected to the solar cell and can be optionally connected to an electrical outlet by a charging cord.
  • The vapor barrier should fit tightly around electrical outlets, doors, windows and other openings.
  • Air can leak in or out of the home from door and window frames, electrical outlets and exhaust vents, to name just a few of the culprits.
2A point from which goods are sold or distributed: a fast-food outlet
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  • This is where the young hang out, in coffee shops, fast-food outlets, shopping malls and on the street itself.
  • If fast food outlets sold tuna salads and sticks of celery there wouldn't be half the problem.
  • Not all shops in outlets malls are outlets and sell items cheaper then normal.
2.1A market for goods: the state system provided an outlet for farm produce
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  • Plastics are a problem because there are few outlets and the market isn't great.
  • They often produce in limited quantities, so traditional wholesale market outlets are not a viable option.
  • If one recalls, the village markets provided the outlet for local produce and products.
market, retail outlet, marketplace, selling place, shop, store
2.2A shop that sells goods made by a particular manufacturer at discounted prices: a designer outlet [as modifier]: an outlet store
More example sentences
  • Plans are also underway to open 20 outlet stores in strategic locations across the United States which are expected to dramatically improve market share.
  • One can see the stretch dotted with factory outlets of almost all the leading brands.
3A means of expressing one’s talents, energy, or emotions: writing became the main outlet for his energies
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  • In the true sense of its name, it will be a team committed to bringing people together, a shelter for talent, and an outlet to channel creative energy.
  • The country has found an outlet for its energies, and given time and talent to nurture, it is certain one day to stand proud among the established nations.
  • Try to find your own creative ways as outlets for emotions.
means of expression, release, means of release, release mechanism, safety valve, vent, avenue, way of harnessing, channel


Middle English: from out- + the verb let1.

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