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Definition of gape verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    gape

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡeɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gape
    BrE BrE//ɡeɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪp//
     
    he / she / it gapes
    BrE BrE//ɡeɪps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪps//
     
    past simple gaped
    BrE BrE//ɡeɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪpt//
     
    past participle gaped
    BrE BrE//ɡeɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡeɪpt//
     
    -ing form gaping
    BrE BrE//ˈɡeɪpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡeɪpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] gape (at somebody/something) to stare at somebody/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 pyjama jacket gaping open.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old Norse gapa; related to gap.Extra examples The empty cash box lay gaping open in one corner. What are you gaping at? Frank gaped. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing.

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