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 His precious casket of ud-al-qimari, the perfumed wood of the Khmers, is stolen from him by Kevin Edelman, the gatekeeper of Britain, who takes it as a kind of tribute—the price of asylum. Nadifa Mohamed, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 Yee, the gatekeeper to the state treasury, warned against doing so. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 Under the current system, students who are not placed in accelerated courses by middle school may never get the opportunity to take calculus, which has long been an informal gatekeeper for acceptance to selective schools. New York Times, 4 Nov. 2021 And the far-right, anti-establishment wing of the party now views the first-term congressman with similar skepticism, as someone who is falsely selling himself as a gatekeeper in his state to former President Donald J. Trump. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Plus as Telefonica pay TV unit Movistar Plus drives to consolidate as the No. 1 home entertainment gatekeeper in Spain. John Hopewell, Variety, 18 Nov. 2021 There is such a thing as a Chez Panisse kind of wine, and for the last 32 years, Jonathan Waters was the careful steward of that aesthetic, its gatekeeper and its ambassador, guarding and expanding the notion of what a Chez Panisse wine is. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 June 2022 Until such a day, Saturday seemed almost beyond challenge as informal gatekeeper to summertime. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 29 May 2022 But many SMBs don’t have the luxury of a gatekeeper to screen calls, answer the phone while the team’s busy and jot down messages. Gavin Macomber, Forbes, 27 May 2022 See More

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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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6 Jul 2022

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“Gatekeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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