gap year


Definition of gap year

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Even though gap year options might not be as numerous as previous year, there are still plenty of choices, says Ethan Knight, executive director of the Gap Year Association. Aimee Picchi, USA TODAY, "Delaying college in the pandemic could cost you: Study says students could lose $90,000 over their lifetime," 14 Aug. 2020 The royal website further explained, in 2004, Harry spent part of his gap year training as an Assistant Development Officer with the (RFU). Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Prince Harry Admits There's One Thing He's Missing About Life in the UK," 6 July 2020 Boris Johnson, who picked up a pair of skimpy shorts and a widened vocabulary on his gap year at Geelong grammar school, holds Australia up as a model of prosperity outside the European Union. The Economist, "Britain and Australia Why the Conservative Party adores Australia," 13 June 2020 Similarly, gap year experiences will be subjected to the same worldwide restrictions as all in-person programs, so the excursions of the past may not be available. Diana Jones, NBC News, "8 considerations for graduating high school seniors rethinking their plans due to COVID-19," 12 June 2020 The national surveys suggest that probably one in four students who was going to start college is thinking about taking a gap year, Probably about one in three students who are in college right now are having questions. Alia Malik,, "Trinity University president talks about coronavirus impact on campus and the future of higher education," 21 May 2020 Are there reasons to believe that the gap year gap won’t happen? Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "The Coming Gap-Year Gap," 29 Apr. 2020 Lipa took a gap year after finishing school and resolved to find a manager. New York Times, "Dua Lipa’s Unplanned, Uncertain, Unprecedented Album Launch," 7 Apr. 2020 Nordic skiing is a family affair for the Wongs; her older brother, Devin, a 2019 Globe All-Scholastic, is spending a gap year in Idaho at the Sun Valley Ski and Education Foundation. Matt Maccormack,, "Wayland Nordic skiing not your average program," 8 Feb. 2020

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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“Gap year.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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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