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 In the Varsity Blues scandal, some parents bribed coaches or other university gatekeepers, paying them to say their child had athletic talent or a special gift. Nanette Asimov,, "Audit finds troubling errors in UC admissions, in wake of Varsity Blues scandal," 18 Mar. 2020 Despite the increasing commercial availability of the test, doctors remain the gatekeepers. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, "So you need a coronavirus test? It’s not that simple.," 13 Mar. 2020 But mostly, said Vizgaitis and the Akamai executives who led the project, there’s a sense of place and community for a company that has grown to be one of the region’s biggest tech firms, and a major gatekeeper for the Internet., "That’s the idea behind the “Aka-Mile,” the 1-mile pathway that winds through 19 floors of the new headquarters building the technology company is opening Friday in Kendall Square.," 1 Nov. 2019 Winning crowdfunding, in contrast, doesn’t depend on the decisions of a small, very homogeneous group of elite gatekeepers. Elaine Pofeldt, Quartz, "Female entrepreneurs are turning to non-traditional sources to fund their businesses," 27 Dec. 2019 The printing press decentralized the role of gatekeeper. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, "Our Predictions About the Internet Are Probably Wrong," 10 Dec. 2019 The internet has changed the rules of the political game, weakening the power of gatekeepers in the old media (who are bound by professional ethics and election rules) and opening the battleground to cranks and fraudsters. The Economist, "Bagehot Truth has been the first casualty of Britain’s election," 5 Dec. 2019 Drudge then became more or less the spiritual founder of and gatekeeper to the emerging conservative Internet. Washington Post, "Matt Drudge’s website played a major role in the Clinton impeachment. Now he’s back for another round.," 27 Sep. 2019 Traditional gatekeepers such as human resources professionals are increasingly turning to AI to review resumes — no small task when employment site Glassdoor says the average job opening receives about 250 resumes. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Job hunters face a new hurdle: Impressing AI," 20 Feb. 2020

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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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25 Mar 2020

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“Gatekeeper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 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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