Meaning of GATE in English

/ geɪt; NAmE / noun


[ C ] 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


[ C ] an opening that can be closed by a gate or gates :

We drove through the palace gates.


[ C ] a barrier that is used to control the flow of water on a river or canal :

a lock / sluice gate


[ C ] a way out of an airport through which passengers go to get on their plane :

BA flight 726 to Paris is now boarding at gate 16.


[ C ] the number of people who attend a sports event :

Tonight's game has attracted the largest gate of the season.


(also ˈgate money ) [ U ] the amount of money made by selling tickets for a sports event :

Today's gate will be given to charity.


-gate (forming nouns from the names of people or places; used especially in newspapers) a political scandal connected with the person or place mentioned

ORIGIN: From Watergate , the scandal in the United States that brought about the resignation of President Nixon in 1974.


( computing ) = logic gate



Old English gæt , geat , plural gatu , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gat gap, hole, breach.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.