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 gatekeeper (audio) \ noun

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Examples of gatekeeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But employees and guests said Bravin used his position as a gatekeeper to pressure members and employees into tense encounters. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Goth nightclub known for rituals and secrecy has closed amid sexual misconduct claims," 21 Mar. 2021 The draft also mandates that gatekeeper companies will also not be permitted to use data collected on their platforms to target users unless that data is also shared with rival firms. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Proposed EU rule may mean you can finally delete some apps from your phone," 30 Sep. 2020 As the head of public engagement, Aniskoff served as the White House gatekeeper for advocacy organizations, businesses and outside groups looking to get the president's attention. Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY, "Biden faces tough balancing act on infrastructure as pressure builds on immigration, gun control," 29 Mar. 2021 And despite the attempts to level the playing field for primary candidates by providing them with an equal opportunity to apply for an endorsement, no gatekeeper exists to stop others from working back channels to lock down support. Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner, "Open Senate primaries give Trump big opportunities for influence," 24 Mar. 2021 Heiney, of SignalWire, said there may be reason to worry about the industry creating a single gatekeeper for who can organize mass texts. NBC News, "Tired of political text messages? A new 'score' might mean fewer," 21 Mar. 2021 But there’s a reflexive gatekeeper who lives in my head. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Too Asian, not Asian enough: the challenges of writing restaurant reviews as a person of color," 15 Mar. 2021 Microsoft and Google have battled over who would be the internet’s gatekeeper since the early 2000s, when Internet Explorer began to give way to what was then a search-engine startup. Aaron Tilley, WSJ, "Google Says Microsoft’s Stance on News Is Effort to Distract From Hack," 12 Mar. 2021 Emails uncovered during a lawsuit Layton brought against the bar suggest the former sheriff’s deputy was acting as Girardi’s gatekeeper with prospective judges. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, "‘Real Housewives’ attorney Tom Girardi used cash and clout to forge powerful political connections," 6 Mar. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Gatekeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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