liftgate

noun
lift·​gate | \ ˈlift-ˌgāt How to pronounce liftgate (audio) \

Definition of liftgate

: a rear panel (as on a station wagon) that opens upward

Examples of liftgate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Power folding mirrors are newly standard on all models, and the XLE and XSE trims gain a power liftgate as standard. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 11 May 2022 Our favorite is the SLT which includes 20-inch wheels, heated and ventilated leather seats, and a power rear liftgate. Nicholas Wallace, Car and Driver, 29 Mar. 2022 The full-width light bar on the liftgate has the ability to change green or blue as well as red and orange. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 29 Mar. 2022 Hatchbacks hit both those marks better than most other body styles, offering a rear liftgate and easily accessible, open cargo area like most SUVs. Car and Driver, 4 Feb. 2022 The construction documents also reference future projects to build a 6 foot wrought iron security fence plus a wrought iron liftgate at the entrance to the property. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Jan. 2022 Even the power liftgate uses two separate buttons: one to open and close it, and a second to set its opening height. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 16 Dec. 2021 The unibody structure now contains more high-strength steel, there's more aluminum in the upper body, and the rear liftgate is made from a combination of aluminum and composite materials. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 15 Nov. 2021 Moving to the back of the Range Rover, the model again features an upper liftgate and a drop-down tailgate. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of liftgate

1953, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

29 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Liftgate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liftgate. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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