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Definition of gate noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a barrier like a door that is used to close an opening in a fence or a wall outside a building an iron gate He pushed open the garden gate. A crowd gathered at the factory gates. the gates of the city see also lychgate, starting gate
  2. 2[countable] an opening that can be closed by a gate or gates We drove through the gate and onto the grounds of the estate.
  3. 3[countable] a barrier that is used to control the flow of water on a river or canal a lock/sluice gate
  4. 4[countable] a way out of an airport through which passengers go to get on their plane The flight to Houston is now boarding at gate 16.
  5. 5[countable] the number of people who attend a sports event Tonight's game has attracted the largest gate of the season.
  6. 6(also gate money) [uncountable] the amount of money made by selling tickets for a sports event Today's gate will be given to charity.
  7. 7-gate (forming nouns from the names of people or places; used especially in newspapers) a political scandal connected with the person or place mentioned From Watergate, the scandal in the United States that brought about the resignation of President Nixon in 1974.
  8. 8[countable] (computing) = logic gate
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