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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That means while the land is intended for everyone, effectively it can only be used by those wealthy enough to secure access to the lands across their own property lines or down their own gated roads. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Inaccessibility of Our Public Lands," 25 Nov. 2018 The walled and gated estate centers on a 6,100-square-foot, Hacienda-style residence where Shandling had lived for more than two decades. Neal J. Leitereg,, "Former Brentwood estate of comedy great Garry Shandling is listed for $13 million," 14 June 2018 Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has let go of a base in the San Fernando Valley, selling his gated home in Sherman Oaks for $1.98 million. Neal J. Leitereg,, "Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig bags a buyer for mini-villa in Sherman Oaks," 5 July 2018 The site is less than a 10-minute drive from Rodeo Drive and has city, ocean and mountain views and two separate gated entrances. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Paul Allen Asks $150 Million for 120 Acres of L.A. Land," 10 July 2018 The building features a private gated entrance, two elevators, underground covered parking, long-lasting metal roof, Pella windows and doors and stunning glass balcony railings. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "The Shoreline at Waterpoint offers upscale condo experience," 1 Apr. 2018 In a sad case of irony, TMZ's piece that released Kendall's location was about a stalker who was able to bypass her gated community's security and get to her front door before being apprehended by the police. D. Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Blasts TMZ for Releasing Her Home's Location to the Public," 18 Oct. 2018 Betsy Rosen lives in a gated golf community in La Quinta seven months a year. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "Younger People Make Palm Springs a Cool Place to Retire (Again)," 10 Oct. 2018 Later that evening, at a gated house watched over by armed guards, the reality of the situation sank in. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 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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