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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Examples of gatekeeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The two firms are among the oldest gatekeepers between some of the nation’s largest pension funds and Wall Street firms seeking these institutions’ money. Dawn Lim, WSJ, "Investment Consulting Firms Meketa and Pension Consulting Alliance to Merge," 15 Jan. 2019 Amber Baldet The very idea of cryptocurrency was to get around traditional institutions—banks and governments that have been the financial gatekeepers for decades—and create an entirely new payment system. Morgen Peck, Glamour, "Cryptocurrency Is Not Just a Boys' Club," 11 Dec. 2018 Whether those seats aren’t available because folks aren’t invited by gatekeepers or because their accessibility and comfort isn’t considered, the result is essentially the same. Keah Brown, Allure, "This Year, the Women's March Wants Be More Accessible for Those With Disabilities," 17 Jan. 2020 Crossword puzzles, like dictionaries, often feel like linguistic authorities, solemn gatekeepers with particular—and unimpeachably correct—guidance to offer on which words to use and how to use them. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Crosswords Came of Age in the 2010s," 31 Dec. 2019 Private medical societies tend to administer the registries and act as gatekeepers to the data. Author: Christina Jewett, Anchorage Daily News, "Reports of patients’ deaths linked to heart devices lurk below radar," 26 Dec. 2019 Private medical societies tend to administer the registries and act as gatekeepers to the data. Christina Jewett,, "Reports of patients’ deaths linked to medical devices lurk below radar," 25 Dec. 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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12 Feb 2020

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“Gatekeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 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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