gatekeeper

noun
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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Other Words from gatekeeper

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

Synonyms for gatekeeper

Synonyms

doorkeeper, doorman, janitor, porter [chiefly British]

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Together with the work of other researchers who doggedly check academic papers, his efforts suggest that the gatekeepers of science—journals and institutions—could be doing much more to spot mistakes. David Adam, Scientific American, "How a Data Detective Exposed Suspicious Medical Trials," 6 Aug. 2019 With the launch of his annual print publication, Faculty Press, Magugu is harnessing this newfound access to industry shapers and gatekeepers for his community as much as for himself. Cassidy George, Vogue, "Meet Thebe Magugu, the Designer at the Heart of South Africa’s Cultural Renaissance," 20 May 2019 Artists are no longer beholden to an ecosystem ruled by gatekeepers and pop music has gotten far less homogenized. Gerrick D. Kennedy, chicagotribune.com, "Lil Nas X came out, but has hip-hop? A macho culture faces a crossroads," 1 Aug. 2019 Artists are no longer beholden to an ecosystem ruled by gatekeepers and pop music has gotten far less homogenized. Los Angeles Times, "Lil Nas X came out, but has hip-hop? A macho culture faces a crossroads," 31 July 2019 Yet this new class of intellectuals serves for many as the new gatekeeper to the Right. Nate Hochman, National Review, "The Intellectual Dark Web’s Quiet Revolution," 5 July 2019 Li was an early member of the Communist Party and for a short while one of Mao’s personal secretaries, making him a gatekeeper to the man who ran the country like an emperor. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "China’s ‘Black Week-end’," 17 June 2019 In literal matters of life and death, they are seen as the gatekeepers to health, to freedom from the hospital, to freedom from pain. Corinne Purtill, Quartz at Work, "A simple strategy helps doctors fight burnout. Could it work for the rest of us?," 5 June 2019 Rock art from the same region and time features snake-like motifs, and snakes played an important role as a gatekeeper to supernatural realms in shamanic rituals of other cultures of Mesoamerica and the American Southwest. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "1,500 years ago, someone ate a venomous snake whole. Why?," 24 Apr. 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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gatekeeper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gatekeeper

: a person who guards a gate

gatekeeper

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

Kids Definition of gatekeeper

: a person who guards a gate

gatekeeper

noun
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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