Meaning of “gap” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun [ C ] us uk /ɡæp/

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.

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B2 a difference between two groups of people, two situations, etc:

an age gap
This course bridges the gap between school and university.

B2 something that is absent and stops something from being complete:

There are huge gaps in my memory.
a gap in the market

an opportunity for a product or service that does not already exist


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

(Definition of “gap” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)