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
Recent Examples on the Web To be sure, the internet is one gateway to knowledge. Richard Gunderman, The Conversation, "John Keats’ concept of ‘negative capability’ – or sitting in uncertainty – is needed now more than ever," 22 Feb. 2021 Most of the gateway towns have at least a few basic roadside motels, along with some slightly more upscale options. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Yosemite National Park Travel Guide," 22 Feb. 2021 But overall, Scott said, the gateway cities have lagged behind. Naomi Martin,, "Will hard-hit Mass. cities’ schools reopen after teachers are vaccinated? Not necessarily," 15 Feb. 2021 HBO Max released the new Looney Tunes Cartoons, creating a potential gateway to the scads of Looney Tunes shorts in the HBO Max catalogue. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "The Beagle Remains a Blessing," 6 Feb. 2021 The Angeles Crest Highway, gateway to many San Gabriel Mountains destinations, is closed in multiple spots for wildfire cleanup. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "New snow and high winds reach SoCal mountains and more is coming," 20 Jan. 2021 While a significant decline continues in expensive gateway markets, nearby smaller market cities have seen strong growth in rental prices during the pandemic. Kellie Hwang,, "San Jose, S.F. lead nation in plunging rent — while inland California sees most price growth," 18 Jan. 2021 Visits to state and national parks are trending upward around the U.S., and so are searches for flights to Anchorage, a major gateway to Alaska's natural wonders. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where Americans Want to Travel in 2021, According to Flight Searches," 13 Jan. 2021 Taking the oath to serve her country gave her purpose and a gateway from a painful past to a brighter future., "Express Briefing: Anaqua Springs shooting deaths go back to detectives," 5 Jan. 2021

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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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27 Feb 2021

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“Gateway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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