Meaning of GAP in English

GAP

noun

1 space between things

ADJECTIVE

▪ big , huge , large , wide

▪ narrow , small , tiny

VERB + GAP

▪ leave

▪ fill , seal , span

Seal the ~s around the windows with a sealant.

GAP + VERB

▪ appear , open up

He flashed his headlights and changed lanes whenever a ~ opened up.

PREPOSITION

▪ through a/the ~

A rabbit darted through a ~ in the fence.

▪ ~ between

Position the tiles, leaving a narrow ~ between the edges.

▪ ~ in

A huge ~ had appeared in the hedge.

2 period of time

ADJECTIVE

▪ long , short

▪ two-year , etc.

▪ awkward ( esp. BrE )

VERB + GAP

▪ fill

Ads are just there to fill the ~s between quiz shows.

I was wondering how to fill those awkward ~s in the conversation.

GAP + NOUN

▪ year ( BrE )

I'm planning to travel in my ~ year (= the year between school and university) .

PREPOSITION

▪ after a/the ~

She returned to teaching after a twelve-year ~.

▪ ~ between

a job to fill the ~ between high school and college

▪ ~ in

a ~ in his career

3 difference

ADJECTIVE

▪ big , enormous , huge , large , significant , substantial , vast , wide , yawning

▪ unbridgeable

the unbridgeable ~ between the two cultures

▪ ever-widening , growing , widening

▪ narrow

▪ age , generation

Despite the age ~, romance blossomed.

▪ cultural , culture

▪ gender

the gender ~ in earnings

▪ black-white , racial

▪ wealth

▪ credibility

Newspapers were talking of a credibility ~ between what he said and what he did.

▪ achievement , information , knowledge , skills

the knowledge ~ between doctor and patient

▪ trade

▪ income , pay , wage ( esp. AmE )

VERB + GAP

▪ address , bridge , close , eliminate , narrow , reduce , span

an attempt to bridge the ~ between the academic world and industry

▪ widen

▪ highlight

GAP + VERB

▪ open up

A huge ~ has opened up between expectations and what is deliverable.

▪ grow , widen

▪ close , narrow

▪ separate sb/sth

He realized how narrow the ~ was that separated him from his pagan ancestors.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ between

The ~ between rich and poor widened.

4 where sth is missing

ADJECTIVE

▪ big , enormous , great , huge , important , large , serious , significant , yawning

serious ~s in their knowledge

▪ glaring , obvious

VERB + GAP

▪ create , leave

His death left a huge ~ in my life.

▪ identify , see , spot ( esp. BrE )

▪ close , fill , fill in , plug

Her appointment will fill the ~ created when the marketing manager left.

▪ exploit

The company has exploited a lucrative ~ in the market.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ in

legislation to close a ~ in the law

PHRASES

▪ a ~ in the market

We think we've identified a ~ in the market (= a business opportunity) .

Oxford Collocations English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний .