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gap

noun [C]
 
 
/ɡæp/
SPACE B1 an empty space or hole in the middle of something, or between two things: There's quite a big gap between the door and the floor. The sun was shining through a gap in the curtains.Holes, hollows and dips
DIFFERENCE B2 a difference between two groups of people, two situations, etc: an age gap This course bridges the gap between school and university.Different and difference
ABSENT THING B2 something that is absent and stops something from being complete: There are huge gaps in my memory.Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary
a gap in the market an opportunity for a product or service that does not already existOpportunity Freedom to act
TIME B2 a period of time when nothing happens, or when you are doing something different from usual: I decided to go back to teaching after a gap of 10 years. →  See also the generation gap Periods of time - general words
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