gulf

noun
\ ˈgəlf How to pronounce gulf (audio) \

Definition of gulf

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a part of an ocean or sea extending into the land
2 : a deep chasm : abyss
3 : whirlpool
4 : a wide gap the gulf between generations

gulf

verb
gulfed; gulfing; gulfs

Definition of gulf (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for gulf

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of gulf in a Sentence

Noun we dipped our feet in the warm waters of the gulf the great gulf of time and space that separates us from the first inhabitants of North America Verb with the administration gulfed by so many real problems, it's absurd for the president to concern himself with this nonissue
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So the students were not only isolated by the pandemic but they were also split apart, unable to gather for months, with a three-mile gulf between the island and the mainland. David Sharp, ajc, 1 July 2021 So the students were not only isolated by the pandemic but they were also split apart, unable to gather for months, with a three-mile gulf between the island and the mainland. David Sharp, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 Once on its way, the data took nearly 16 minutes to cross the 178-million-mile gulf between Mars and Earth. William Harwood, CBS News, 19 Apr. 2021 There’s a wide gulf in the perception of productivity with remote working, according to the SANDAG survey. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 June 2021 The result now is a wide gulf with the United States and Europe. New York Times, 15 June 2021 The result now is a wide gulf with the United States and Europe. BostonGlobe.com, 15 June 2021 For decades, critics have voiced concerns that Arab schools receive less funding, and that the wide gulf between Arabs and Jews keeps Arab Israelis mired in poverty. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 But the wide gulf between school offerings and student learning data suggests that at least some students are opting to stay remote even after their schools reopen classrooms. Collin Binkley, Chron, 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So many gulfs separate us now: geographical, anatomical, psychological. Ferris Jabr, Smithsonian, 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of gulf

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gulf

Noun

Middle English goulf, from Middle French golfe, from Italian golfo, from Late Latin colpus, from Greek kolpos bosom, gulf; akin to Old English hwealf vault, Old High German walbo

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The first known use of gulf was in the 15th century

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“Gulf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gulf. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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gulf

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gulf

: a large area of ocean that is partly surrounded by land
: a difference between two people, groups, or things

gulf

noun
\ ˈgəlf How to pronounce gulf (audio) \

Kids Definition of gulf

1 : a part of an ocean or sea that extends into the land the Gulf of Mexico
2 : a deep split or gap in the earth
3 : a wide separation … so wide sometimes is the gulf between theory and practice.— Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

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