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 The next evolution in the power liftgate is the kind that opens without the need to press a button. Washington Post, "Edmunds’ experts pick their favorite must-have car features," 27 Nov. 2019 Plan on stacking and get in the ready position when opening the liftgate. Scott Sturgis,, "2019 Ford Expedition pulls like a beast, drives like a Winnebago," 8 Nov. 2019 Narvik Black trimmed the silver two-bar grille, front vents, headlight housing, fender badging, mirror caps, window surround, pillars, rear spoiler, liftgate, and liftgate badging. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Land Rover’s 5th-generation Discovery excels either on or off the beaten track | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 May 2018 The tailgate is handy for seating, sheltered by the liftgate. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV: a royal rite of passage," 2 Aug. 2019 There are up to seven USB ports, an available wireless charger, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot for unlimited data at $20/month and a power liftgate button on the driver’s door to open the gate at various heights. Robert Duffer,, "2018 Chevrolet Traverse offers up minivan function in SUV form," 25 Oct. 2017 The back side sports slim LED lights and a chrome bar that spans the rear liftgate, a design feature borrowed from the 7-series sedans. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Go big and go home: The BMW X7 reviewed," 28 June 2019 Hatchbacks Hatchbacks forgo the traditional trunk of a sedan in favor of a rear liftgate that opens up to reveal sometimes surprisingly large cargo bays. Kirk Seaman, Car and Driver, "2019 Editors' Choice Awards: The Best Sedans, Hatchbacks, Coupes, and Convertibles," 30 Jan. 2019 While most of these 2020 changes are evolutionary, owners who are regularly on the go will appreciate its power liftgate and Activity Key, which is a waterproof wristband that acts as the car's secondary key fob. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport Adds Style and a Hybrid Model," 21 May 2019

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First Known Use of liftgate

1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Liftgate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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