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  ( gapes    3rd person present)   ( gaping    present participle)   ( gaped    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you gape, you look at someone or something in surprise, usually with an open mouth.  
His secretary stopped taking notes to gape at me...      V at n  
...a grotesque face with its gaping mouth.      V-ing, Also V  
2       verb   If you say that something such as a hole or a wound gapes, you are emphasizing that it is big or wide.,   (emphasis)    The front door was missing. A hole gaped in the roof.      V  
  gaping      adj   usu ADJ n  
The aircraft took off with a gaping hole in its fuselage., ...a gaping wound in her back.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    gawk, gawp     (Brit. slang)   goggle, stare, wonder  
2    crack, open, split, yawn  

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gap, grape, gap year, gale

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