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  ( gateways    plural  )
1       n-count   A gateway is an entrance where there is a gate.  
He walked across the park and through a gateway.     
2       n-count   A gateway to somewhere is a place which you go through because it leads you to a much larger place.  
usu N to n  
Lyons is the gateway to the Alps for motorists driving out from Britain.     
3       n-count   If something is a gateway to a job, career, or other activity, it gives you the opportunity to make progress or get further success in that activity.  
with supp, usu N to n  
The prestigious title offered a gateway to success in the highly competitive world of modelling.     
4       n-count   In computing, a gateway connects different computer networks so that information can be passed between them.     (COMPUTING)  

gateway drug        ( gateway drugs    plural  ) A gateway drug is a drug such as cannabis that is believed by some people to lead to the use of more harmful drugs such as heroin or cocaine.      n-count  
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