1. activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion

    Synonyms : release, vent
    Type Of : activity
    Examples :
    • she had no other outlet for her feelings
  2. an opening that permits escape or release

    Synonyms : exit, issue, way out
    Type Of : opening
  3. a place of business for retailing goods

    Synonyms : mercantile establishment, retail store, sales outlet
    Type Of : place of business, business establishment
  4. 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
    Type Of : receptacle


  1. defeat by more skillful maneuvering

    Synonyms : outmaneuver, outmanoeuvre
    Type Of : trump, outdo, best, outflank, scoop
  2. beat through cleverness and wit

    Synonyms : beat, circumvent, outfox, outwit, overreach
    Type Of : outperform, outgo, outmatch, surpass, exceed, outdo, surmount, outstrip


  1. a musical organization consisting of a group of instrumentalists including string players

    Type Of : musical organisation, musical organization, musical group
  2. seating on the main floor in a theater

    Type Of : seating room, seating, seating area, seats


  1. a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary

    Synonyms : haven
    Type Of : shelter
  2. a fertile tract in a desert (where the water table approaches the surface)

    Type Of : piece of ground, parcel, parcel of land, piece of land, tract


  1. from one's possession

    Synonyms : away
    Examples :
    • he gave out money to the poor
  2. knocked unconscious by a heavy blow

    Synonyms : kayoed, knocked out, ko'd, stunned
  3. to state openly and publicly one's homosexuality

    Synonyms : come out, come out of the closet
    Type Of : break, divulge, bring out, let on, give away, let out, discover, reveal, expose, uncover, disclose, unwrap
    Examples :
    • This actor outed last year
  4. be made known; be disclosed or revealed

    Synonyms : come out
    Examples :
    • The truth will out
  5. excluded from use or mention

    Synonyms : forbidden, prohibited, proscribed, taboo, tabu, verboten
    Examples :
    • in our house dancing and playing cards were out
  6. being out or having grown cold

    Synonyms : extinct
    Examples :
    • the fire is out
  7. (baseball) a failure by a batter or runner to reach a base safely in baseball

    Type Of : failure
    Examples :
    • you only get 3 outs per inning
  8. directed outward or serving to direct something outward

    Examples :
    • the out doorway
    • the out basket
  9. no longer fashionable

    Examples :
    • that style is out these days
  10. not allowed to continue to bat or run

    Antonyms : safe
    Examples :
    • he was tagged out at second on a close play
    • he fanned out
  11. not worth considering as a possibility

    Examples :
    • a picnic is out because of the weather
  12. outer or outlying

    Examples :
    • the out islands
  13. out of power; especially having been unsuccessful in an election

    Examples :
    • now the Democrats are out
  14. outside or external

    Examples :
    • the out surface of a ship's hull
  15. reveal (something) about somebody's identity or lifestyle

    Type Of : give away, divulge, expose, let on, let out, reveal, uncover, unwrap, discover, disclose, bring out, break
    Examples :
    • The gay actor was outed last week
    • Someone outed a CIA agent


  1. a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

    Synonyms : consequence, effect, event, issue, result, upshot
    Type Of : phenomenon
  2. something that results

    Synonyms : final result, result, resultant, termination
    Type Of : ending, finish, conclusion


  1. resided in; having tenants

    Synonyms : tenanted
    Examples :
    • not all the occupied (or tenanted) apartments were well kept up
  2. having ones attention or mind or energy engaged

    Synonyms : engaged
    Examples :
    • she keeps herself fully occupied with volunteer activities
  3. held or filled or in use

    Antonyms : unoccupied
    Examples :
    • she keeps her time well occupied
    • the wc is occupied
  4. seized and controlled as by military invasion

    Antonyms : unoccupied
    Examples :
    • the occupied countries of Europe


  1. a draft in excess of the credit balance

    Type Of : bill of exchange, draft, order of payment


  1. adjusted or located in relation to surroundings or circumstances; sometimes used in combination

    Synonyms : orientated
    Antonyms : unoriented
    Examples :
    • the house had its large windows oriented toward the ocean view
    • helping freshmen become oriented to college life
    • the book is value-oriented throughout


  1. something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies

    Synonyms : archetype, pilot
    Type Of : model, example
    Examples :
    • this painting is a copy of the original
  2. an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made

    Synonyms : master, master copy
    Type Of : creation
  3. being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of

    Antonyms : unoriginal
    Examples :
    • a truly original approach
    • with original music
    • an original mind
  4. not derived or copied or translated from something else

    Examples :
    • the play is original; not an adaptation
    • he kept the original copy and gave her only a xerox
    • the translation misses much of the subtlety of the original French
  5. (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary

    Examples :
    • his work is based on only original, not secondary, sources
  6. preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed

    Examples :
    • the original inhabitants of the Americas
    • the book still has its original binding
    • restored the house to its original condition
    • the original performance of the opera
    • the original cast
    • retracted his original statement