toll·​gate | \ ˈtōl-ˌgāt How to pronounce tollgate (audio) \

Definition of tollgate

: a point where the driver of a vehicle must pay a toll

Examples of tollgate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Officials also revised initial plans to completely automate all the nation’s tollgates after complaints over losing 6,700 jobs. Washington Post, "South Korean businesses growingly adopt unmanned services," 6 June 2019 The frontier between Italy and France, where the police now intermittently patrol key tollgates and train stations, demonstrates in many ways how those policies keep failing. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "A French Underground Railroad, Moving African Migrants," 4 Oct. 2016 But once they are triggered by a tollgate, the devices initiate a daily rental fee, often regardless of whether it is used each day. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Renting a Car? Know the Rules of the Road," 6 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of tollgate

1773, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tollgate was in 1773

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“Tollgate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tollgate

: a place where the driver of a vehicle must pay a toll to go through a gate that blocks a road

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