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"outlet" in English

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outletnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈaʊt.let/ us /ˈaʊt.let/

outlet noun [ C ] (WAY OUT)

a way, especially a pipe or hole, for liquid or gas to go out:

a waste water outlet
an outlet pipe

C2 a way in which emotion or energy can be expressed or made use of:

Her work provided no outlet for her energies and talents.
Writing poetry was his only form of emotional outlet.

(Definition of “outlet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"outlet" in American English

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outletnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɑʊt·lɪt, -ˌlet/

outlet noun [ C ] (OPENING)

an opening through which something, usually a liquid or gas, can come out:

an outlet to the sea
The plumber tightened the outlet valve.

outlet noun [ C ] (METHOD OF EXPRESSION)

a method by which emotions, energy, or abilities can be expressed:

Drawing classes provided an outlet for her creativity.

outlet noun [ C ] (STORE)

a store selling the goods of a particular company or goods of a particular type, often one selling goods at prices that are lower than usual:

a factory outlet
The company has more than 1200 retail outlets nationwide.

outlet noun [ C ] (ELECTRICITY)

a device connected to the electricity system that a plug fits into in order to supply electricity to something:

a wall outlet

(Definition of “outlet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"outlet" in Business English

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outletnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈaʊtlet/ us

COMMERCE a store that sells a particular company's products or products of a specific type:

The supermarket and clothing retail chain has 152 outlets in Ireland, Britain, and Spain.
a fast food/designer/electrical outlet
a media/news/TV, etc. outlet

a newspaper, television station, website, etc. that makes information or other services available to the public:

Details about the facility have been reported by many media outlets in the past two weeks.

(Definition of “outlet” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)