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noun [countable] gulf pronunciation in American English /ɡʌlf/ 
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pluralgulfs
  1. 1
    a large area of ocean that is almost surrounded by land

    the Persian Gulf

    the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand

  2. 2
    a large and important difference between people or groups

    trying to close the widening gulf between the rich and the poor

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