1 : something that people use to express their emotions or talents
— often + for
She used poetry as an outlet for her sadness.
They needed a healthy outlet for their anger.
an outlet for his talents
2 : a store that sells products made usually by one company and often at reduced prices
designer clothing outlets
a discount furniture outlet
3 : a television, radio, or publishing company
a cable TV outlet
4 US : a device in a wall into which an electric cord can be plugged in order to provide electricity for a lamp, television, etc.
a wall outlet
— called also socket, (British) point, (British) power point
5 : a place or opening through which something can go out
an outlet for the air to escape
the river's outlet to the sea