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Definition of gape verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gape
    he / she / it gapes
    past simple gaped
    -ing form gaping
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  1. 1[intransitive] gape (at somebody/something) to stare at someone or something with your mouth open because you are shocked or surprised Isabel gaped at him, horrified. Frank gaped. He couldn't believe what he was seeing.
  2. 2[intransitive] to be or become wide open a gaping hole/mouth/wound A huge chasm gaped before them. gape open He stood yawning, his pajama jacket gaping open.