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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 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.
 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 cancer drugs 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 poll found major generational differences in opinion.
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"generation" in British English

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generationnoun

uk   /ˌdʒen.əˈreɪ.ʃən/  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 particular family: The younger generation smokes less than their parents did. There were at least three generations - grandparents, parents and children - at the wedding. It's our duty 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 human babies become adults and have their own children: A generation ago, home computers were virtually unknown.
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 particular form: electricity generation from wind and wave power

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"generation" in Business English

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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 private firms 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 employment opportunities as well as environmental gains.
[U] the process of producing something that will create a profit, income, jobs, etc.: Traditional rentals are in decline and must be managed to maximise cash generation.
(Definition of generation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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