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     ( 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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gateway     ( 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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n.
drug that produces mydriasis
n.
1. drug addict; 2. passionate/crazy about smth.
E.g: He is a computer games junkie.
n.
any food, beverage, drug or activity that helps people feel more comfortable in social occasions
Ex: Having an alcohol beverage might be seen as a kind of social lubrificant as so far as it helps some peole overcome their shyness
exp.
get drunk or take drugs; get high
n.
dilation of the pupil caused by drugs, coma etc
n.
The practice of monitoring the effects of medical drugs, especially in order to identify and evaluate previously unreported adverse reactions
[Med.] Ex: In his job as a pharmacovigilance officer, Andrew develops diagnostic tools to improve drug safety
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