Main definitions of gen in English

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gen1

noun

mass nounBritish
informal
  • Information.

    ‘you've got more gen on him than we have’
    • ‘She gave me all the gen on the allotment and we agreed a time and a day to meet up there.’
    • ‘For more information and pricing details please call Mojo for the latest gen.’
    • ‘The 'Hurricane' described by the idiot who gave us the false 'gen' was, of course, the Hawker Typhoon.’
    • ‘Oliver Mann gives the gen on the coolest new destinations for the switched-on global traveller in 2005’
    • ‘What we really want is the gen on his battle with Mrs T, and in a thriller-esque account of the Westland affair, we get it.’
    • ‘There's no point calling up Dell yet - tech support staff haven't been fully briefed on the machine yet - but here's the gen, as our sources tell us.’
    • ‘Here's the full gen from the company: "About the size of a grain of rice, each product contains a unique verification number that is captured by briefly passing a proprietary scanner over the chip."’
    • ‘You've got more gen on him than we have.’
    • ‘Amir has the gen on what's happening in Iranian politics at the moment.’
    • ‘He often has the inside gen on cool stuff happening online and in London.’
    facts, figures, statistics, details, particulars, specifics, features
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verb

[no object]gen up on
British
informal
  • 1Find out about.

    ‘we genned up on the agencies that had done the work’
    • ‘Businesses are failing to capture essential evidence from their computer systems, according to a UK industry group which has published a new set of guidelines designed to help firms gen up on computer forensics.’
    • ‘Smith has been genning up on her kung fu moves and Dundee's martial arts community is already booking in numbers.’
    • ‘In preparation for today he has been genning up on repeats.’
    • ‘Not only is it a chance to gen up on language skills, it is a fabulous opportunity to make friends abroad and travel in Europe.’
    • ‘With a good hour to kill each way, it's time to gen up on the world around me.’
    • ‘Obviously, we genned up on the agencies that had done the work.’
    • ‘One minute you're all genned up on the digestion of proteins, then you're writing about the beauty of Mozart's operas.’
    • ‘You should also be punctual and have genned up on the organisation you are being interviewed for.’
    • ‘Admit it: genning up about your holiday before you go is half the fun.’
    • ‘I've never built one, but I know someone who has and I'm reasonably well genned up on them.’
    • ‘To gen up on skin rejuvenating peels, don't miss the event at Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh, on Tuesday, and London on Friday.’
    revise, read up, go over, refresh one's memory of, relearn, cram, study, learn
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    1. 1.1gen someone upwith object Provide someone with information.
      ‘as everything's finalized, I can gen you up properly’
      • ‘Any information or links to gen me up would be much appreciated.’
      • ‘Working under Gough and his assistant proved an attraction for a tenacious performer whose Scottish father Michael genned him up on the pair's pedigree.’
      • ‘I was hoping I might get a reply from someone who had used a cheaper one and could gen me up on it.’
      • ‘This gave them the opportunity to gen me up on the band and their inspired brand of music.’
      • ‘We're not exactly genned up on how it all works but when you combine hot weather, big hills and huge expanses of water, then it all adds up to a windsurfer's paradise.’
      • ‘Anyway I'm looking forward to meeting some of you at some stage soon although Jon will have to be my mentor and gen me up on this car.’
      knowledgeable, enlightened, illuminated, literate, well informed, well educated, educated, schooled, instructed
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Origin

Second World War (originally used in the armed services): perhaps from the first syllable of general information.

Pronunciation

gen

/dʒɛn/

Main definitions of gen in English

: gen1gen2

gen2

noun

informal
  • ‘the next gen of consoles’
    short for generation
    ‘third-gen data protocols’
    • ‘Many years ago I received a first-gen iPod shuffle as a gift.’
    • ‘If Mathew's parents were both born here, doesn't that make his grandparents first gen, and him third gen?’
    • ‘I hope both Sony and MS reveal at least some news about the next gen of consoles.’
    • ‘RSS readers are not that social, even with so-called "next gen" newsreaders that recommend sites based on what you already read.’
    • ‘Enhanced offerings will include Internet broadband access, media, IPTV, online gaming, and messaging, as well as next-gen services.’

Pronunciation

gen

/dʒɛn/