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English definition of “gatekeeper”

gatekeeper

noun [C]     /ˈɡeɪtˌkiː.pər/ US  /-pɚ/
a person whose job is to open and close a gate and to prevent people entering without permissionProtection and protectorsEnvironmental issues a person or organization that has control over allowing people to have or use a particular service: British Telecom lost its gatekeeper status when it was forced to open up the local network to other companies.Business and commerce - general words
(Definition of gatekeeper noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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