- 1 a space between two things or in the middle of something, especially because there is a part missing a gap in a hedge She had a gap between her two front teeth. There should be a six-inch gap at the bottom.
- 2a period of time when something stops, or between two events a gap in the conversation They met again after a gap of twenty years. There's a big age gap between them (= a big difference in their ages).
- 3a difference that separates people, or their opinions, situation, etc. the gap between rich and poor the gap between theory and practice see also credibility, generation gap
- 4a space where something is missing His death left an enormous gap in my life. There were several gaps in my education. We think we've identified a gap in the market (= a business opportunity to make or sell something that is not yet available). Idioms
nounjump to other results
NAmE//ɡæp//gap (in/between something)
to reduce or get rid of the differences that exist between two things or groups of people
bridge the gap/gulf/divide (between A and B)jump to other results