gatekeeper

noun gate·keep·er \ ˈgāt-ˌkē-pər \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of gatekeeper

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

gatekeeping

play \ˈgāt-ˌkē-piŋ\ noun

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First Known Use of gatekeeper

1572

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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gatekeeper Synonyms

Synonyms

doorkeeper, doorman;


GATEKEEPER Defined for English Language Learners

gatekeeper

Definition of gatekeeper for English Language Learners

  • : a person who guards a gate


GATEKEEPER Defined for Kids

gatekeeper

noun gate·keep·er \ ˈgāt-ˌkē-pər \

Definition of gatekeeper for Students

: a person who guards a gate

Medical Dictionary

gatekeeper

noun gate·keep·er \ -ˌkē-pər \

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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