Meaning of “generator” in the English Dictionary

"generator" in English

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generatornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdʒen.ər.eɪ.tər/ us /ˈdʒen.ər.eɪ.t̬ɚ/

a machine that produces electrical power:

The hospital's emergency generators are designed to cope with power cuts.

a machine or device that produces something:

a random number generator

a company or organization that produces something:

The two major electricity generators declined to comment.
Within the United States, the military is the largest generator of hazardous waste.
Tourism is Australia's greatest generator of employment.

a person who produces something:

Effective leaders do not themselves have to be generators of ideas.

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

"generator" in American English

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generatornoun [ C ]

us /ˈdʒen·əˌreɪt̬·ər/

(Definition of “generator” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"generator" in Business English

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generatornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdʒenəreɪtər/ us

PRODUCTION, NATURAL RESOURCES a machine that produces electricity:

The turbine connects to a generator and feeds power into the grid.

a person, company, government, etc. that produces something:

a generator of sth Southern England is the chief generator of tax for the United Kingdom overall.
an income/economic/revenue generator

UK PRODUCTION, NATURAL RESOURCES a company that produces electricity:

National Power, Britain's second largest generator, announced record profits yesterday.

(Definition of “generator” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)