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"generation" in British English

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generationnoun

uk   us   /ˌdʒen.əˈreɪ.ʃən/
  • generation noun (AGE GROUP)

B1 [C, + sing/pl verb] all the ​people of about the same ​age within a ​society or within a ​particularfamily: The younger generation ​smokes less than ​theirparents did. There were at least three generations - ​grandparents, ​parents and ​children - at the ​wedding. It's ​ourduty to ​preserve the ​planet for future generations. This ​painting has been in the ​family for generations.B2 [C, + sing/pl verb] a ​period of about 25 to 30 ​years, in which most ​humanbabiesbecomeadults and have ​their own ​children: A generation ago, ​homecomputers were ​virtuallyunknown.first, second, third, etc. generation used to ​describe the ​nationality of someone ​belonging to the first, second, third, etc. ​group of ​people of the same ​age in the ​family to have been ​born in that ​country: She's a first-generation American (= she was ​born and ​raised in the US, but her ​parents were not).

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  • generation noun (ENERGY)

B2 [U] the ​production of ​energy in a ​particularform: electricity generation from ​wind and ​wavepower

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(Definition of generation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"generation" in American English

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generationnoun

  • generation noun (GROUP)

 us   /ˌdʒen·əˈreɪ·ʃən/ [C] all the ​people of about the same ​age within a ​society or within a ​particularfamily, or the ​usualperiod 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 ​wedding – ​grandparents, ​parents, and ​children. This ​farm has been in the ​family for generations.  us   /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 ​cancerdrugs third-generation ​computers
  • generation noun (REPRODUCTION)

biology /ˌdʒen·əˈreɪ·ʃən/ [U] (of ​living things) the ​act or ​process of ​reproducing
generational
adjective  us   /ˌdʒen·əˈreɪ·ʃən·əl/
The ​pollfoundmajor generational ​differences in ​opinion.
(Definition of generation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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generationnoun

uk   us   /ˌdʒenəˈreɪʃən/
[C] a ​group of ​people who are about the same age within a ​society or within a particular family: the new/next generation Family-owned ​privatefirms don't usually ​aim to ​sell off the ​business; they ​pass it on to the next generation. the older/younger generation
[U] NATURAL RESOURCES the ​production of ​energy in a particular ​form: electricity/​power generationgeneration from sth Electricity generation from coalmine methane ​offers new ​employmentopportunities as well as ​environmentalgains.
[U] the ​process of ​producing something that will ​create a ​profit, ​income, ​jobs, etc.: Traditional ​rentals are in ​decline and must be ​managed to ​maximisecash generation.
[C] PRODUCTION a ​group of ​products or ​machines that are all at the same ​stage of ​development
(Definition of generation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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