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gulf

noun uk   /ɡʌlf/ us  

gulf noun (AREA)

B2 [C] a very large area of sea surrounded on three sides by a coast: the Gulf of Mexicothe Gulf [S] the Persian Gulf and the countries around it: The Gulf states include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE. [C] formal a very large, deep hole in the ground
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gulf noun (DIFFERENCE)

C2 [C usually singular] an important difference between the ideas, opinions, or situations of two groups of people: There is a widening gulf between the middle classes and the poorest sections of society. It is hoped that the peace plan will bridge the gulf (= reduce the very large difference) between the government and the rebels.
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