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verb (used with object), gat·ed, gat·ing.

(at British universities) to punish by confining to the college grounds.
  1. to control the operation of (an electronic device) by means of a gate.
  2. to select the parts of (a wave signal) that are within a certain range of amplitude or within certain time intervals.

verb (used without object), gat·ed, gat·ing.

Metallurgy. to make or use a gate.



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Idioms for gate

    get the gate, Slang. to be dismissed, sent away, or rejected.
    give (someone) the gate, Slang.
    1. to reject (a person), as one's fiancé, lover, or friend.
    2. to dismiss from one's employ: They gave him the gate because he was caught stealing.

Origin of gate

before 900; Middle English gat, gate,Old English geat (plural gatu); cognate with Low German, Dutch gat hole, breach; cf. gate2


gait, gate

Definition for gate (2 of 3)

[ geyt ]
/ geɪt /


Archaic. a path; way.
North England and Scot.. habitual manner or way of acting.

Origin of gate

1150–1200; Middle English <Old Norse gata path; perhaps akin to Old English geatgate1; cf. gat3

Definition for gate (3 of 3)


a combining form extracted from Watergate, occurring as the final element in journalistic coinages, usually nonce words, that name scandals resulting from concealed crime or other alleged improprieties in government or business: Koreagate.
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British Dictionary definitions for gate (1 of 4)

/ (ɡeɪt) /


verb (tr)

Derived forms of gate

gateless, adjectivegatelike, adjective

Word Origin for gate

Old English geat; related to Old Frisian jet opening, Old Norse gat opening, passage

British Dictionary definitions for gate (2 of 4)

/ (ɡeɪt) /

noun dialect

the channels by which molten metal is poured into a mould
the metal that solidifies in such channels

Word Origin for gate

C17: probably related to Old English gyte a pouring out, geotan to pour

British Dictionary definitions for gate (3 of 4)

/ (ɡeɪt) /

noun Scot and Northern English dialect

a way, road, street, or path
a way or method of doing something

Word Origin for gate

C13: from Old Norse gata path; related to Old High German gazza road, street

British Dictionary definitions for gate (4 of 4)


n combining form

indicating a person or thing that has been the cause of, or is associated with, a public scandalIrangate; Camillagate

Word Origin for -gate

C20: on the analogy of Watergate
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Idioms and Phrases with gate


see crash the gate; give someone the air (gate).

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