gat·​ed | \ ˈgā-təd How to pronounce gated (audio) \

Definition of gated

1 : having or controlled by a gate a gated entrance
2 : designed to restrict entrance usually by means of physical barriers, a private security force, and a controlled gate gated communities

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The ranch has a private gated bridge entrance with spectacular vineyard views, a lake and an 11-stall breezeway barn with tack room, among other amenities. Pueng Vongs, The Mercury News, "Photos: 49ers great Joe Montana selling Calistoga ranch for $3.1 million," 1 July 2019 Kenneth Behring, a billionaire philanthropist who developed the elite Blackhawk gated golf communities in Contra Costa County, died on Tuesday night at the age of 91. J.k. Dineen,, "Billionaire philanthropist Kenneth Behring, who built Blackhawk, dead at 91," 27 June 2019 On the site, once among L.A. County’s largest single-family home properties by acreage, are two gated entrances and a snaking one-mile-long private street installed during Allen’s ownership. Roger Vincent,, "Paul Allen puts a $150-million price on storied acreage in Beverly Crest," 11 July 2018 And the members never have to leave their gated community. Willie Brown,, "Of course Trump would consider using foreign-supplied dirt. Who wouldn’t?," 15 June 2019 The contemporary-style estate features a gated front courtyard with a fountain, brick barreled ceilings, a walk-in wine cellar and a detached guest house. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Scottsdale mansion with underground wine cellar and six-car garage sells for $4M," 10 June 2019 But the fact remains that those outside the gated wonderland are shut out. Kushanava Choudhury, WSJ, "‘Dreamers’ Review: Limited Prospects, Global Ambitions," 15 Aug. 2018 Bears no longer are a problem in Wingfield North, a Seminole County gated neighborhood where a mother bear with cubs mauled a woman in December 2103, according to a state database tracking calls about nuisance bears. Stephen Hudak,, "Apopka to consider bear ordinance, bear-resistant trash cans," 26 June 2018 The building will allow pets and also feature secured gated parking, bicycle valet, private storage, electric car charging stations and an atrium lobby. David Lyons,, "Delray Beach luxe project obtains $20.59 million construction loan," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of gated

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of gated

: having a gate
: having guarded or locked gates so that only some people are allowed to enter

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