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English definition of “gulf”


noun (AREA)    /ɡʌlf/
B2 [C] a very large area of sea surrounded on three sides by a coast : the Gulf of MexicoBays and gulfsCoasts and beaches the Gulf [S] the Persian Gulf and the countries around it: The Gulf states include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE .Continents and regions of the worldCountry namesCountry and nation [C] formal a very large , deep hole in the ground Caves, cracks and crevices
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