a gate for halting or controlling the flow of water in a watercourse; floodgate.
a gateway leading to the edge of a body of water, as at a landing.
Other definitions for Watergate (2 of 2)
a White House political scandal that came to light during the 1972 presidential campaign, growing out of a break-in at the Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate apartment-office complex in Washington, D.C., and, after congressional hearings, culminating in the resignation of President Nixon in 1974.
any scandal involving abuses of power, corruption, or the like, and attempts to cover them up.
- post-Wa·ter·gate, adjective
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How to use water gate in a sentence
Martínez was the last surviving Watergate burglar, often described as one of the “foot soldiers” in the 1972 break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington.Eugenio Martinez, Watergate burglar pardoned by Reagan, dies at 98 | Harrison Smith | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
In 1974, President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon after his resignation in response to the Watergate scandal, and Nixon never faced a criminal trial.Vice President Agnew’s misdeeds, and the challenges of holding him accountable | Matthew Dallek | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
Carter, for example, rose to the presidency in the aftermath of Watergate, pledging to the American people that “I’ll never tell a lie.”The case for Jimmy Carter as a ‘consequential’ president | Russell L. Riley | December 4, 2020 | Washington Post
Nixon’s defense during Watergate, that he couldn’t possibly be responsible.Capitalism must be saved by capitalists, argue these pioneering ESG investors | kdunn6 | November 15, 2020 | Fortune
The Watergate tapes exposed President Nixon’s interference on behalf of a Republican National Committee donor in a Justice Department antitrust case.FTC commissioner: Is antitrust the next stakeholder capitalism battleground? | jakemeth | September 26, 2020 | Fortune
There were two figures dimly visible in the obscurity of the vaulted entrance to the water gate.The Doomsman | Van Tassel Sutphen
Back of it was a water gate, which had also been closed and fastened by the owner before departing.Motor Boat Boys Down the Danube | Louis Arundel
The gondola lay at the marble steps of the water gate, held against the stones by two of its crew.
Just as the sun was setting a gondola swept slowly up to the water-gate of the ducal palace.
The masked gondolier soon reappeared beneath the arch of the water-gate, and with a hurried step he sought his boat.
British Dictionary definitions for water gate (1 of 2)
a gate in a canal, leat, etc that can be opened or closed to control the flow of water
a gate through which access may be gained to a body of water
British Dictionary definitions for Watergate (2 of 2)
an incident during the 1972 US presidential campaign, when a group of agents employed by the re-election organization of President Richard Nixon were caught breaking into the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building, Washington, DC. The consequent political scandal was exacerbated by attempts to conceal the fact that senior White House officials had approved the burglary, and eventually forced the resignation of President Nixon
any similar public scandal, esp involving politicians or a possible cover-up: See also -gate
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Cultural definitions for Watergate
An incident in the presidency of Richard Nixon that led to his resignation. In June 1972, burglars in the pay of Nixon's campaign committee broke into offices of the Democratic party. In a complex chain of events, high officials on Nixon's staff who had been connected to the burglary used illegal means to keep the burglary from being fully investigated; these actions by Nixon's staff were known as the “cover-up.” Nixon arranged for secret tape-recording of many conversations in his office regarding the cover-up and then refused to hand the tapes over to investigators from Congress. After months of legal maneuvers, Nixon finally released the tapes, which showed that he had known about criminal activity by his staff. By this time, the House of Representatives was one step away from impeachment of Nixon. Leaders of Congress told him that if he were impeached and tried, he would very likely be removed from office. He resigned the presidency in August 1974, complaining of a lack of support from Congress. Several of his assistants were convicted of various crimes connected with Watergate. Nixon himself was never indicted and was pardoned by his successor, President Gerald Ford.
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