gap

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Singular
gap

Plural
gaps

  1. (countable) A gap is a difference in the level of two groups.
    The money is to help bridge the gap between rich schools and poor schools.
    The gender gap in education is widening; fewer girls are going to school.
    The plan should narrow the growing gap between what students know and what businesses want.
    The company has closed the wage gap by raising women's salaries.
  2. (countable) A gap is a small space or a short time between two things.
    Watch the gap between the platform and the train.
    There was a two-hour gap between when he arrived and the meeting time.
    Josh is one student who fell through the gaps and never learned to read.
  3. (countable) A gap is missing space, time, information, etc.
    We don't know exactly what happened, but the new information will help us fill in some gaps in the story.
    There are still some gaps in the budget, but most things have been paid for.

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