gap year


Definition of gap year

: a one-year hiatus from academic studies to allow for nonacademic activities

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Ash Barty won her first major singles title, a triumph for variety, professionalism, poise and gap years. Jon Wertheim,, "50 Parting Thoughts From the 2019 French Open: Rafa, Barty and So Much More," 9 June 2019 Her big sister, Malia Obama, took a gap year in 2016 before enrolling at Harvard, where her parents both attended law school. Kim Kozlowski,, "Sasha Obama will begin college classes at the University of Michigan next week," 29 Aug. 2019 Her sister, Malia Obama, took a gap year in 2016 before enrolling at Harvard University, where her parents attended law school. The Detroit News, The Mercury News, "Sasha Obama set to begin college career at University of Michigan," 29 Aug. 2019 Big sister Malia is at Harvard University after taking a gap year following high school. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Sasha Obama attending University of Michigan, Detroit News reports," 29 Aug. 2019 After graduating, Hoffman took a gap year to spend time in Israel. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Houston youth wins award for his efforts toward unity," 24 July 2019 Yip is taking a gap year from high school this year to continue pursuing her passion for chess. Maysoon Khan,, "Checkmate: 16-year-old Mass. chess player brings home the gold," 31 July 2019 His resolution is part of his efforts to embrace the heritage of his partner, David — and to prepare for their trip to Israel to visit David’s daughter, who is currently living in the country as part of a gap year. Molly Guthrey, Twin Cities, "New Year’s resolutions at the halfway point: Our 6 goal-setters are still at it," 21 July 2019 Myers said the franchise hasn’t discussed resting Stephen Curry and Draymond Green in what is projected to be a gap year as Thompson recovers from ACL surgery. Rusty Simmons,, "Warriors GM Bob Myers foresees ‘a new dawn’ after frenzied roster overhaul," 15 July 2019

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gap year

: a year that you spend traveling, working, etc., before continuing your studies

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