Definition of outlet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈoutˌlet/


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, way out, egress;
outfall, opening, channel, conduit, 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.
1.2A point in an electrical circuit from which current may be drawn.
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.
socket, receptacle, power bar, power source
2A place 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 indoor markets in Moscow were an outlet for surplus collective-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.
store, market, marketplace, shop, source
2.2A retail store offering discounted merchandise, especially overstocked or irregular items.
Example sentences
  • Now, the rule of the sale rack isn't always true at discount outlets, where stores do heavy markdowns on damaged duds or stuff that just won't sell.
  • ‘The pyjama set sold at the outlet store in 2004 was made out of surplus fabric which was left over from the two previous seasons,’ he said.
  • Yes, many outlet stores stock home entertainment equipment which has been returned and repaired, before making its way to the sales floor once more.
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, (means of) release, vent, avenue, channel


Middle English: from out- + the verb let1.

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Syllabification: out·let

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