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/
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 gapPeriods of time - general words
(Definition of gap from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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

Definitions of “gap” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

first:

(a person or thing) coming before all others in order, time, amount, quality, or importance

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More