gate·​keep·​er | \ ˈgāt-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce gatekeeper (audio) \

Definition of gatekeeper

1 : one that tends or guards a gate
2 : a person who controls access

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gatekeeping \ ˈgāt-​ˌkē-​piŋ How to pronounce gatekeeping (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Traditional gatekeepers such as human resources professionals are increasingly turning to AI to review resumes — no small task when employment site Glassdoor says the average job opening receives about 250 resumes. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Job hunters face a new hurdle: Impressing AI," 20 Feb. 2020 An agency meant to serve as a gatekeeper for federal money gave the university approval to operate anyway. Shelly Conlon, USA TODAY, "This college was accredited by a DeVos-sanctioned group. We couldn’t find evidence of students or faculty.," 15 Feb. 2020 Related Coverage Another major gap is the lack of comprehensive anti-money-laundering requirements on some financial institutions and gatekeeper professions. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Treasury Identifies Top Vulnerabilities in U.S. Financial System," 7 Feb. 2020 But evidence this campaign season points most clearly to the frenetic work of aggrieved Americans who, distrustful of mainstream gatekeepers of information, turn to Facebook. Craig Timberg, Washington Post, "Facebook is inflaming the divides tearing at the Democratic Party," 24 Jan. 2020 The parents of the college admissions scandal paid for higher SAT scores, bribed admission gatekeepers, and encouraged their children to lie about their race on applications. Dasia Moore, Quartz, "Being a protective black mom isn’t a parenting choice—it’s the only choice," 20 Dec. 2019 So many industries and gatekeepers used to being unchallenged are now negotiating a world where all kinds of voices are heard thanks in part to social media. Victoria Namkung, Longreads, "‘I Was Interested in the People Who Are Stuck With These Memories.’," 19 Oct. 2019 But the divide itself probably wasn't a solid gatekeeper for materials, which means that there was likely some mixing. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "'Great Divide' that impacted life on Earth found in our solar system," 14 Jan. 2020 One difference: the new gatekeeper had spent a year courting the community. Andrea Gabor, Harper's magazine, "The K-12 Takeover," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of gatekeeper

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gatekeeper was in 1572

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26 Feb 2020

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“Gatekeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gatekeeper

: a person who guards a gate


gate·​keep·​er | \ ˈgāt-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce gatekeeper (audio) \

Kids Definition of gatekeeper

: a person who guards a gate


gate·​keep·​er | \ -ˌkē-pər How to pronounce gatekeeper (audio) \

Medical Definition of gatekeeper

: a health-care professional (as a primary care physician) who regulates access especially to hospitals and specialists managed care plans rely on a designated physician gatekeeper to orchestrate and control the health care of its enrollees— E. A. Halm et al

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