Definition of outlet in English:


Syllabification: out·let
Pronunciation: /ˈoutˌlet


  • 1A pipe or hole through which water or gas may escape.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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