Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “gap”

gap

noun [C]  /ɡæp/ us  
an empty space or opening in the middle of something or between two things: Picking up speed, she closed the gap between them. She has a gap between her front teeth. A gap can be a period in which something does not happen: After a gap of five years, Juanita decided to go back to work full-time. A gap can also be something lacking: Some people read to fill in gaps in their education. A gap can also be a difference between people: He was trying to bridge the gap between elders and youth, the middle class and poor.
(Definition of gap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of gap?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Opportunity, but you might be interested in these topics from the Chance and possibility topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “gap”

Definitions of “gap” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

light at the end of the tunnel

signs of improvement in a situation that has been bad for a long time, or signs that a long and difficult piece of work is almost finished

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More