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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Ushuaia, a port town in Argentina and the gateway to Antartica, has become a destination for adventure-seekers to experience everything from the arrival of migrating penguins to dog-sled rides through the Valley of Wolves. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "An Awe-Inspiring Visit to Ushuaia, Argentina, Also Known as “the End of the World”," 29 Nov. 2018 Texas is the largest gateway, accounting for 70% of freight carried between the U.S. and Mexico last year, or about $390 billion. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Supply Chains May Shift if U.S. Follows Through on Mexico Border Closing," 28 Nov. 2018 The gateway, in turn, is the server that sends and receives the email and backs up encrypted email. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Meet Helm, the startup taking on Gmail with a server that runs in your home," 17 Oct. 2018 The cost to install a five-kilowatt array, with two batteries to store power, a gateway to access electricity, and a distribution panel, is about $25,000. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How architects and designers are rebuilding Puerto Rico," 20 Sep. 2018 The Red Rock Scenic Byway, the gateway to the region, offers the first dose of this otherworldliness in the rock formations that line the roadways. Joe Drape, New York Times, "On an Arizona Road Trip, Miles of Family Firsts," 12 June 2018 These moments are your gateway to releasing some of the effort of having to power through with your ego. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes August 27-September 2," 20 Aug. 2018 From West to East Two thousand miles separate Kaliningrad, Russia's European outpost, and Ekaterinburg, its gateway to Siberia. Dovid Margolin, Jewish Journal, "They came for the World Cup and stayed for Shabbat," 28 June 2018 In the years after its initial release in 1974, D&D was accused of being a gateway to the occult. Carlos Maza, Vox, "Dungeons & Dragons, explained," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of gateway

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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