outlet

Any hole or opening that allows water or gas to get out is an outlet. The place where water runs out of a lake and into a river is one example of an outlet.

When you need to charge your laptop, you plug it into an electrical outlet, which gets its name from the idea that electricity comes out of it, just as water flows out of a river outlet. Outlet is also used to mean "store that sells discounted goods" and "a way to express yourself emotionally creatively." Dancing might be your outlet, for example — the way you let your feelings and creativity out.

Definitions of outlet
  1. noun
    an opening that permits escape or release
    synonyms: exit, issue, way out
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    outfall
    the outlet of a river or drain or other source of water
    type of:
    opening
    a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made
  2. noun
    receptacle providing a place in a wiring system where current can be taken to run electrical devices
    synonyms: electric outlet, electric receptacle, electrical outlet, wall plug, wall socket
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    point, power point
    a wall socket
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    receptacle
    an electrical (or electronic) fitting that is connected to a source of power and equipped to receive an insert
  3. noun
    activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion
    “she had no other outlet for her feelings”
    synonyms: release, vent
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    activity
    any specific behavior
  4. noun
    a place of business for retailing goods
    synonyms: mercantile establishment, retail store, sales outlet
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    country store, general store, trading post
    a retail store serving a sparsely populated region; usually stocked with a wide variety of merchandise
    department store, emporium
    a large retail store organized into departments offering a variety of merchandise; commonly part of a retail chain
    discount house, discount store, discounter, wholesale house
    a sales outlet offering goods at a discounted price
    market, market place, marketplace, mart
    an area in a town where a public mercantile establishment is set up
    center, mall, plaza, shopping center, shopping centre, shopping mall
    mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace
    shop, store
    a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services
    strip mall
    a mercantile establishment consisting of a row of various stores and business and restaurants along a road or busy street; usually opening on a parking lot
    agora, public square
    a place of assembly for the people in ancient Greece
    bakehouse, bakery, bakeshop
    a workplace where baked goods (breads and cakes and pastries) are produced or sold
    barbershop
    a shop where men can get their hair cut
    bazaar, bazar
    a shop where a variety of goods are sold
    bazaar, bazar
    a street of small shops (especially in the Orient)
    betting shop
    a licensed bookmaker's shop that is not at the race track
    bodega
    a small Hispanic shop selling wine and groceries
    bookshop, bookstall, bookstore
    a shop where books are sold
    booth
    a small shop at a fair; for selling goods or entertainment
    boutique, dress shop
    a shop that sells women's clothes and jewelry
    building supply house, building supply store
    a store where builders can purchase materials for building houses and related structures
    butcher shop, meat market
    a shop in which meat and poultry (and sometimes fish) are sold
    canteen
    sells food and personal items to personnel at an institution or school or camp etc.
    chain store
    one of a chain of retail stores under the same management and selling the same merchandise
    cleaners, dry cleaners
    shop where dry cleaning is done
    clothing store, haberdashery, haberdashery store, mens store
    a store where men's clothes are sold
    commissary
    a retail store that sells equipment and provisions (usually to military personnel)
    computer store
    a store that sells computers to the small businessperson or personal user
    candy store, confectionary, confectionery
    a confectioner's shop
    convenience store
    a store selling a limited variety of food and pharmaceutical items; open long hours for the convenience of customers
    deli, delicatessen, food shop
    a shop selling ready-to-eat food products
    apothecary, apothecary's shop, chemist's, chemist's shop, drugstore, pharmacy
    a retail shop where medicine and other articles are sold
    florist, florist shop, flower store
    a shop where flowers and ornamental plants are sold
    gift shop, novelty shop
    a shop that sells miscellaneous articles appropriate as gifts
    food market, grocery, grocery store, market
    a marketplace where groceries are sold
    hardware store, ironmonger, ironmonger's shop
    a store selling hardware
    head shop
    a shop specializing in articles of interest to drug users
    junk shop
    a shop that sells cheap secondhand goods
    hat shop, millinery
    shop selling women's hats
    market square, open-air market, open-air marketplace
    a public marketplace where food and merchandise is sold
    outfitter
    a shop that provides equipment for some specific purpose
    liquor store, off-licence, package store
    a store that sells alcoholic beverages for consumption elsewhere
    loan office, pawnbroker's shop, pawnshop
    a shop where loans are made with personal property as security
    perfumery
    store where perfumes are sold
    pet shop
    a shop where pet animals can be purchased
    pizza parlor, pizza shop, pizzeria
    a shop where pizzas are made and sold
    fix-it shop, repair shop
    a shop specializing in repairs and maintenance
    beauty parlor, beauty parlour, beauty salon, beauty shop, salon
    a shop where hairdressers and beauticians work
    shoe shop, shoe store, shoe-shop
    a shop where shoes are sold
    slave market
    a marketplace where slaves were auctioned off (especially in the southern United States before the American Civil War)
    specialty store
    a store that sells only one kind of merchandise
    second-hand store, thriftshop
    a shop that sells secondhand goods at reduced prices
    tobacco shop, tobacconist, tobacconist shop
    a shop that sells pipes and pipe tobacco and cigars and cigarettes
    toyshop
    shop where toys are sold
    agora
    the marketplace in ancient Greece
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    business establishment, place of business
    an establishment (a factory or an assembly plant or retail store or warehouse etc.) where business is conducted, goods are made or stored or processed or where services are rendered
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