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out·let / ˈoutˌlet/ • n. a means by which something escapes, passes, or is released, in particular: ∎  a pipe or hole through which water or gas may escape. ∎  the mouth of a river. ∎  a point in an electrical circuit from which current may be drawn. ∎  a place from which goods are sold or distributed: a fast-food outlet. ∎  a retail store that sells the goods of a specific manufacturer or brand: [as adj.] an outlet store. ∎  a retail store offering discounted merchandise, esp. overstocked or irregular items. ∎  a market for goods: the indoor markets in Moscow were an outlet for surplus collective-farm produce. ∎ fig. a means of expressing one's talents, energy, or emotions: writing became the main outlet for his energies.

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