Main definitions of gen in English

: gen1gen2

gen1

noun

British
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.’
    • ‘He often has the inside gen on cool stuff happening online and in London.’
    • ‘Oliver Mann gives the gen on the coolest new destinations for the switched-on global traveller in 2005’
    • ‘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."’
    • ‘Amir has the gen on what's happening in Iranian politics at the moment.’
    • ‘The 'Hurricane' described by the idiot who gave us the false 'gen' was, of course, the Hawker Typhoon.’
    • ‘For more information and pricing details please call Mojo for the latest gen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You've got more gen on him than we have.’
    facts, figures, statistics, details, particulars, specifics, features
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verb

[NO OBJECT]British
informal
  • 1 Find out about.

    ‘we genned up on the agencies that had done the work’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Admit it: genning up about your holiday before you go is half the fun.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To gen up on skin rejuvenating peels, don't miss the event at Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh, on Tuesday, and London on Friday.’
    • ‘With a good hour to kill each way, it's time to gen up on the world around me.’
    • ‘I've never built one, but I know someone who has and I'm reasonably well genned up on them.’
    • ‘One minute you're all genned up on the digestion of proteins, then you're writing about the beauty of Mozart's operas.’
    • ‘Obviously, we genned up on the agencies that had done the work.’
    • ‘You should also be punctual and have genned up on the organisation you are being interviewed for.’
    • ‘In preparation for today he has been genning up on repeats.’
    revise, read up, go over, refresh one's memory of, relearn, cram, study, learn
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    1. 1.1[with object]Provide someone with information.
      ‘as everything's finalized, I can gen you up properly’
      • ‘I was hoping I might get a reply from someone who had used a cheaper one and could gen me up on it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Any information or links to gen me up would be much appreciated.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

gen

/jen/

Main definitions of gen in English

: gen1gen2

gen2

noun

informal
  • ‘the next gen of consoles’
    short for generation
    ‘third-gen data protocols’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many years ago I received a first-gen iPod shuffle as a gift.’
    • ‘Enhanced offerings will include Internet broadband access, media, IPTV, online gaming, and messaging, as well as next-gen services.’

Pronunciation:

gen

/jen/