ADJ. deep, great, huge, unbridgeable, wide, yawning | growing, widening There appeared to be a growing gulf between the prosperous south and the declining towns of the north.
VERB + GULF cause, create This atrocity has created a huge gulf between the two groups. | widen Other factors widened the gulf that separated rich from poor. | emphasize, illustrate The documentary illustrated the gulf between industrialized and developing countries. | bridge, span The new degree course aims to bridge the gulf between education and industry.
GULF + VERB exist | separate sb/sth the yawning gulf that separates the two cultures | open up A gulf had opened up between the former friends.
PREP. ~ between For many teachers, there existed an unbridgeable gulf between home and school life. | ~ in the huge gulf in level between professional and amateur teams