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noun [countable] American English pronunciation: gateway /ˈɡeɪtˌweɪ/ 
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singulargateway
pluralgateways
 
  1. 1
    an entrance that is opened and closed with a gate

    You'll see the house as soon as you go through the gateway.

  2. 2
    [usually singular] a place that allows you to reach or enter a larger place
    gateway to:

    Bombay was considered the gateway to India.

  3. 3
    [usually singular] something that allows you to do or achieve something
    gateway to:

    the gateway to mathematics/understanding/life

  4. 5
    computing a place on the Internet from which you can get information about something, and which can be guarded

    the gateway that allows you to submit a credit card and within a few seconds be told whether it was declined or accepted

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