gate

1
[ geyt ]
/ geɪt /

noun

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

(at British universities) to punish by confining to the college grounds.
Electronics.
  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.

Idioms

    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

1
before 900; Middle English gat, gate, Old English geat (plural gatu); cognate with Low German, Dutch gat hole, breach; cf. gate2
Can be confusedgait gate
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British Dictionary definitions for give someone the gate (1 of 3)

gate

1
/ (ɡeɪt) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formsgateless, adjectivegatelike, adjective

Word Origin for gate

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

British Dictionary definitions for give someone the gate (2 of 3)

gate

2
/ (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 give someone the gate (3 of 3)

gate

3
/ (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
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Idioms and Phrases with give someone the gate

gate


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

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