gate·way | \ˈgāt-ˌwā \

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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At the same time, inflexible and unreformed labour markets have hampered the rise of manufacturing and low-level services, the gateway for women in other poor countries. The Economist, "Why India needs women to work," 5 July 2018 The British government has pledged 2.5 million pounds ($3.3 million) to local businesses to make up for lost revenue in the area, which is a gateway to Stonehenge, the ancient stone circle that is a huge tourist destination. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "UK couple may have been poisoned by same nerve agent as Russian spy," 4 July 2018 Lantern Hill serves as a sort of gateway to the Connecticut Forest and Park Association’s 21-mile Narragansett Trail, which runs from North Stonington to Hopkinton, R.I. Peter Marteka,, "A Forest Where All Can Sit On A Throne," 29 Apr. 2018 The implication is that the border police in Bavaria, the main gateway into Germany for migrants, could start turning them back at the border as early as next week. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "German Hard-Liners Want to Close Borders, Threatening Merkel Coalition," 15 June 2018 Of course, the iPhone became the universal gateway into this dystopia. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Is Facebook a Frankenstein?," 28 Mar. 2018 The March For Our Lives, a rally organized by students who survived the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., will close streets downtown; traffic on the Interstate 95 corridor and other main gateways into the city could experience backups. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "It’s a busy week as D.C. prepares for March for Our Lives and Cherry Blossom Festival kickoff," 19 Mar. 2018 The ring and station are a gateway to new places for humanity to go. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Humanity inherits the galaxy in The Expanse’s season 3 finale," 29 June 2018 Instead of a melancholy moment, our business funerals can be an energizing gateway to the future. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Linkner: More funerals are needed in the business world," 10 Feb. 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 \

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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