Definition of gulf noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡʌlf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡʌlf//
    Coastlines and the sea
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  1. 1[countable] a large area of sea that is partly surrounded by land the Gulf of Mexico See related entries: Coastlines and the sea
  2. 2the Gulf [singular] the Persian Gulf, the area of sea between the Arabian peninsula and Iran the Gulf States (= the countries with coasts on the Gulf)
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] gulf (between A and B) a large difference between two people or groups in the way that they think, live or feel The gulf between rich and poor is enormous. It felt as if a gulf had opened up between his life and mine.
  4. 4[countable] a wide deep crack in the ground
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French golfe, from Italian golfo, based on Greek kolpos ‘bosom, gulf’.Extra examples A gulf of mistrust still exists between them. For many teachers, there existed an unbridgeable gulf between home and school life. Other factors widened the gulf that separated rich from poor. The documentary illustrated the gulf between industrialized and developing countries. The new degree course aims to bridge the gulf between education and industry. There appeared to be a growing gulf between the prosperous south and the declining towns of the north. This atrocity has created a huge gulf between the two groups. the huge gulf in level between professional and amateur teams the ideological gulf that separated the two branches of the movement the yawning gulf that separates the two culturesIdioms
    bridge the gap/gulf/divide (between A and B)
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    to reduce or get rid of the differences that exist between two things or groups of people
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