gatekeep

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from gatekeeper.

Verb[edit]

gatekeep (third-person singular simple present gatekeeps, present participle gatekeeping, simple past and past participle gatekept)

  1. (sociology) To limit (sometimes manipulatively, rather than directly) how much role another party, often a spouse, has in some task; for example, to limit how much one's husband can raise one's children
  2. To control or limit access to something.

Noun[edit]

gatekeep (plural gatekeeps)

  1. Gatekeeper.