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noun [countable] gap pronunciation in American English /ɡæp/
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  1. 1
    a space or opening in the middle of something or between things
    Fill in any gaps around windows and doors.
    gap between: Through the gaps between the trees I could see a river in the distance.
    gap in: We waited for a gap in the busy traffic and crossed the street.
    1. a.
      a low area between mountains that people use to cross them
      The more southerly route lay across a gap in the mountains.
  2. 2
    something missing from a situation or a system that prevents it from being complete or perfect
    gap in: We will then carry out research to fill in the gaps in our knowledge.
    His death leaves a huge gap in the theatrical life of New York.
  3. 3
    a large difference between things or groups
    The president is concerned about the gaps in health coverage that exist for children.
    gap between: The gap between farm incomes and land values is wider than ever.
    close/narrow/reduce/bridge the gap: The book clearly bridges the gap between theory and practice.
  4. 4
    a period of time in which something does not happen
    gap of: The second volume in the series came out after a gap of seven years.

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