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generation

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generation noun (GROUP)

   /ˌdʒen·əˈreɪ·ʃən/ [C] all the people of about the same age within a society or within a particular family, or the usual period of time from a person’s birth to the birth of his or her children: the last/next generation There were three generations at the weddinggrandparents, parents, and children. This farm has been in the family for generations.    /ˌdʒen·əˈreɪ·ʃən/ [C] A generation is also a group of products or machines that are all at the same stage of development: a new generation of cancer drugs third-generation computers

generation noun (REPRODUCTION)

biology /ˌdʒen·əˈreɪ·ʃən/ [U] (of living things) the act or process of reproducing
generational
adjective  /ˌdʒen·əˈreɪ·ʃən·əl/ us  
The poll found major generational differences in opinion.
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