Definition of gatekeeping in English:


Syllabification: gate·keep·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈgātˌkēpiNG


  • 1The activity of controlling, and usually limiting, general access to something: Wal-Mart’s cultural gatekeeping has served to narrow the mainstream for entertainment offerings
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    • The company's cultural gatekeeping offends many people who see it as insulting and threatening to their choice of available entertainment.
    • Although physicians are gatekeepers to almost all medical resources, their role in managing referral to specialists has been the most controversial aspect of gatekeeping.
    • Primary care gatekeeping is less controversial in Britain than in America.
  • 2 Computing A function or system that controls access or operations to files, computers, networks, or the like: [as modifier]: a gatekeeping mechanism that allows reads under some circumstances and blocks them under others

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