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English definition of “generation”

generation

noun     /ˌdʒenəˈreɪʃən/
PEOPLE [C] B1 all the people in a society or family who are approximately the same age : the older / younger generation This is the story of three generations of women.Ancestors and descendantsGroups and collections of thingsVariety and mixtures
TIME [C] B2 a period of about 25 to 30 years , the time it takes for a child to become an adult and take the place of their parents in society : Our family has lived in this village for generations.Specific periods of time
PRODUCT [C] B2 a product when it is at a particular stage of development : a new generation of computers Creating and producingInventing, designing and innovation
ENERGY [U] B2 the production of energy : the generation of electricity Electricity and electronics
(Definition of generation noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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