[ geyt-kee-per ]
/ ˈgeɪtˌki pər /
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a person in charge of a gate, usually to identify, count, supervise, etc., the traffic that flows through it.
a person or thing that controls access, as to information, often acting as an arbiter of quality or legitimacy: Treating office gatekeepers with respect will improve your chances of scheduling a face-to-face meeting or job interview.An open internet allows innovators to bypass traditional gatekeepers and promote their work on its own merit.Compare influencer (def. 2).
a guardian; monitor: the gatekeepers of Western culture.
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Origin of gatekeeper

First recorded in 1565–75; in 1905–10 for defs. 2, 3; gate1 + keeper
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How to use gatekeeper in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for gatekeeper

/ (ˈɡeɪtˌkiːpə) /

a person who has charge of a gate and controls who may pass through it
any of several Eurasian butterflies of the genus Pyronia, esp P. tithonus, having brown-bordered orange wings with a black-and-white eyespot on each forewing: family Satyridae
a manager in a large organization who controls the flow of information, esp to parent and subsidiary companies
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Medical definitions for gatekeeper

[ gātkē′pər ]

A primary-care provider, often in the setting of a managed-care organization, who coordinates patient care and provides referrals to specialists, hospitals, laboratories, and other medical services.
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