gate·​way | \ ˈgāt-ˌwā How to pronounce gateway (audio) \

Definition of gateway

1 : an opening for a gate

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Examples of gateway in a Sentence

Mourners slowly passed though the gateway of the cemetery. hopefully, my college degree will be a gateway to a high-paying job

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According to the report, the combined ports are the fourth-largest container gateway in North America. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "So far, economy’s Big Mo’ can’t be stopped by scandal or bad policies," 5 Feb. 2019 And it will be needed: annual passengers coming through this gateway are expected to top 80 million by 2035, up from around 60 million today. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "New York's Airports Are Getting Billion-Dollar Makeovers—But What Will They Actually Change?," 21 Nov. 2018 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Notice Boat ramps should be gateways to a wonderful time and memorable experiences on the water. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boat ramps a gateway to fun or frustration," 28 June 2018 Junior high health class sold menstruation to us as the gateway to motherhood, a gift that would make the cramping, bleeding, and missed pool parties totally worth it. Therese Shechter, SELF, "Menopause Was the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me," 13 Mar. 2019 Everyone’s favorite mini computer is still an affordable gateway to a world of weird side projects and hacked-together DIY gadgets. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018 For the Rollettes, dance is just the beginning; music and movement act as a gateway for the dancers to connect with each other — and with themselves. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Rollettes Dance Team Features Disabled Dancers in Wheelchairs," 27 Sep. 2018 The decision drew an immediate rebuke from authorities in Colombia, which has become a gateway for hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans leaving their homeland. Fox News, "Peru, Ecuador tighten requirements for Venezuela migrants," 17 Aug. 2018 For many of us, horoscopes are the gateway into greater astrological curiosity. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of gateway

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gateway was in 1707

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English Language Learners Definition of gateway

: an opening in a wall or fence that can be closed by a gate


gate·​way | \ ˈgāt-ˌwā How to pronounce gateway (audio) \

Kids Definition of gateway

1 : an opening for a gate a stone gateway
2 : a passage into or out of a place or condition Determination is the gateway to success.

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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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