Definition of generation in English:

generation

noun

  • 1All of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively.

    ‘one of his generation's finest songwriters’
    • ‘Because of them, countless generations of children have grown up believing that fairies are mischievous little folk who flutter about on butterfly wings.’
    • ‘She grew up in a generation that knew all about hard work from an early age.’
    • ‘Despite being fêted as the greatest Shakespearean actor of his generation, he used to claim that he never understood a character until he found the right hat.’
    • ‘How can the current generation of adult Australians help our youth?’
    • ‘They were the images a generation grew up with and each episode followed a familiar pattern: the atrocity, the grief, then anger.’
    • ‘But as generations grow up things flip on their heads.’
    • ‘He is now one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation.’
    • ‘There isn't another actor in his generation who could have carried off the conflict and humour of the character with the same skill.’
    • ‘Her name was still magic for many of the public but a new generation was growing up in the post-war period for whom she was yesterday's news.’
    • ‘Shaped and moulded by the seasons, John grew up in a generation when everything had its place.’
    • ‘For the generations that grew up during the space race, the future was very hard to predict because the present was moving so fast.’
    • ‘The current generation of athletes has grown up in an era of doping.’
    • ‘The Internet and chatting have contributed to a different set of vocabulary that would cause nightmare to generations grown up in Victorian tradition.’
    • ‘So much of what has been written to date comes from an older generation that have not grown up in a digital universe, or whose exposure has been limited.’
    • ‘Not only has it contributed to the deskilling of the current generation of working age adults, it has also affected health.’
    • ‘As a gifted mimic and notorious perfectionist, she would later become the most respected female actor of her generation.’
    • ‘It's a journeyman actor's CV, not the kind that, in our fantasies, we would fashion for one of the greatest actors of a generation.’
    • ‘I think a lot of the folks that I worked with at NASA were from the generation that grew up at that period of time.’
    • ‘The next generation of young adults is already giving thought to its future family life.’
    • ‘This is a film about a generation that was growing up during wartime, a period of deterioration of all moral, social and economic values.’
    crop, batch, wave, type, range
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    1. 1.1 The average period, generally considered to be about thirty years, during which children are born and grow up, become adults, and begin to have children of their own.
      • ‘This has been my family's house for generations!’
      • ‘For countless generations, children have grown up to take over the farm work, never knowing or expecting to know how to read or write.’
      • ‘Do foods produced from today's high-yield crops have the same nutritional quality as those grown in generations past?’
      • ‘It was tended by a single family for six generations before it became part of the collection.’
      • ‘Many churches have little memorials to families who have been members for generations, or who have been particularly generous of their time and treasure.’
      • ‘Over five generations, family members have lived through the boom and bust cycles of life on the land.’
      • ‘He believes it could be impossible to replace the stock his family took three generations to breed and he could still be out of pocket.’
      • ‘Even as courts have, over the past two generations, grown more dismissive of hunches, there has been a counter-revolution in the cognitive sciences.’
      • ‘It will be generations before anything grows back in vast areas of the Park.’
      • ‘Substantial urban change is generally expected to span prolonged periods: decades, generations, centuries.’
      • ‘The trauma the abused person experienced will spread to other family members for generations.’
      • ‘For generations, people have grown up with the constant message that life is good, and they have internalised it.’
      • ‘Our youth are growing up in a generation where motivation is a politically correct term parading as selfish bias.’
      • ‘A school yard game that's been around for generations seems to be growing in popularity and killing kids.’
      • ‘Eventually, over a period of many generations, the remainder of the brain capacity will be utilised.’
      • ‘Not only are policemen getting younger, but people are living longer - ten years more on average than a generation ago.’
      • ‘His village had grown garlic chives for generations, but the land could not keep up with the population.’
      • ‘He himself feels this comes from a generation back when members of both sides of his family were blacksmiths.’
      ages, an age, years, aeons, an aeon, a long time, an eternity
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    2. 1.2 A set of members of a family regarded as a single step or stage in descent.
      as modifier , in combination ‘a third-generation Canadian’
      • ‘That dining table is a place where mom's going to prepare the Thanksgiving Dinner for two or three generations of family members and share and create memories.’
      • ‘A 26-year-old man was jailed for life and two others jailed for 18 years each for their parts in an arson attack on a house which left three generations of the same family dead.’
      • ‘She is the last member of her generation of a respected family.’
      • ‘This study found the traditional knowledge of healing and use of medicinal plants is disseminated through generations by family members.’
      • ‘A large compound with brothers and their wives will always be bustling with family members of several generations and children of many ages.’
      • ‘As you know, there have been four generations of family members running the company, and that generational growth is what we look for.’
      • ‘Members of three generations of a family died in their car when sandwiched between the lorries.’
      • ‘For this family, religion provides a band that connects family members across generations.’
      • ‘Mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, family members of all generations have been lost.’
      • ‘She has been able to identify the condition in as many as three generations of a single family.’
      • ‘It descended through three generations of a family from Deans, New Jersey, and bears the names of three family members pinpricked on the frame.’
      • ‘The book is set in the 1960s and tells the story of four generations of one family living in a rambling old house.’
      • ‘Groups at the march ranged from union activists to medical students wearing their white coats to three generations of family members.’
      • ‘The passing of a beloved relative is always sad, but there is something especially poignant about the death of the last member of a generation in a family.’
      • ‘Both were built with the aim of teaching the younger generation to love family members.’
      • ‘Michael was a member of an old and respected family and is the last member of his generation.’
      • ‘Over 50 family members from three generations crowded in for the party.’
      • ‘For the project, the children spoke to members of older generations, either older family members or friends to ask about how life was when they were children.’
      • ‘People recognize members of previous generations of family or local figures as well as regions, counties, and hometowns.’
      • ‘In other words, several members of different generations of the same family are affected with a higher than normal frequency.’
    3. 1.3 A single stage in the development of a type of product.
      ‘a new generation of rear-engined sports cars’
      • ‘The technical team is continually developing the next generation of technology to support testers into the future.’
      • ‘The first three generations were ablative WORM products, while the fourth is based on phase change technology.’
      • ‘Chip makers are increasingly turning to collaborative projects to help reduce the growing cost of developing future generations of process technology.’
      • ‘We've run into a number of issues that are often cured in subsequent product generations, but that are very frustrating when initially encountered.’
      • ‘Over the next five years, the government will develop a new generation of modern community hospitals.’
      • ‘Development of the new generation of phones, which are more sophisticated, is thought unlikely to reduce demand for support and repairs.’
      • ‘Menu costs arise because medical device companies often launch new products - or new generations of the same product - in rapid succession.’
      • ‘She is now working with pharmaceutical companies to develop a new generation of drugs that may be more effective than existing ones.’
      • ‘The ordnance and explosives experts have teamed up with a de-mining company to develop the next generation of anti-land mine device.’
      • ‘Cancer researchers in Yorkshire have secured millions of pounds to develop a new generation of therapies to target the most common form of the disease in men.’
      • ‘Every customer will be helping the development of a new generation of spacecraft.’
      • ‘Enemies of the state are used in experiments to develop new generations of chemical and biological weapons that threaten the world.’
      • ‘But the program to develop a new generation of reconnaissance satellites is vastly over budget and years behind schedule.’
      • ‘He notes the center is designed to evolve into a ‘more urban’ place in the next generation of development.’
      • ‘Along with its strong existing base in micromachining, B.C. has all the resources necessary to play a leading role in the development of the next generations of nanotechnologies.’
      • ‘However, the machine that will be used tomorrow night for the count in the Civic Office comes from a new generation of equipment developed after the Florida fiasco.’
      • ‘Attention must therefore be paid to all aspects of the ecosystem and to their interactions when developing future generations of supercomputers.’
      • ‘The Fire and Heat Materials Research Team is developing the next generation of high-performance, flame-retardant technical yarns.’
      • ‘Some statistics about the regions illustrate just how big a challenge Ireland faces in the race to develop the next generation of medicines.’
      • ‘Three years ago it began development of its next generation large truck.’
  • 2The production of something.

    ‘methods of electricity generation’
    ‘the generation of wealth’
    • ‘Oil was in turn followed by gas, increasingly used for electricity generation, which brought power and light to households throughout the world.’
    • ‘The main example I chose was the use of nuclear power for electricity generation.’
    • ‘We are not allowed to use coal in our electricity generation.’
    • ‘With the higher demand last year, he said its power plants had used less natural gas in electricity generation.’
    • ‘Patents are meant to reward the inventors but also to promote progress through the generation of useful new products.’
    • ‘Scotland's vast renewable energy sources will certainly have some direct contribution to make to electricity generation.’
    • ‘This cooperative interaction influences both the magnitude and kinetics of force generation in skeletal muscle.’
    • ‘We have greatly limited sulfur emissions from electricity generation, thereby reducing risks from acid rain.’
    • ‘Previously described protocols were used for isolation of mitochondria and generation of cytochrome spectra.’
    • ‘Renewable ‘green’ power will definitely be playing an important part in electricity generation in the years to come.’
    • ‘All are capable of intensifying oxyradical generation in vivo and depleting tissue antioxidant stores.’
    • ‘One of them is the reserve electricity generation that we have already mentioned, and I am pleased that action has been taken about that.’
    • ‘‘It makes absolutely no sense to burn coal for electricity generation,’ he said.’
    • ‘I can't understand why you would question me about whether this is really for electricity generation.’
    • ‘It will be the job of wind engineers to tailor designs to specific wind regimes to maximize electricity generation.’
    • ‘Much energy will be spent making energy, such as electricity generation and the process of liquefying natural gas.’
    • ‘In the longer term, it says that there is an available resource from renewables to account for half of the UK's electricity generation.’
    • ‘Has the Minister received any advice recently about Government planning for more electricity generation?’
    • ‘We rely very heavily on fossil fuel generation of electricity and renewable energies provides a very, very clean alternative.’
    • ‘His secondary goal was to use the area as an incubator for business generation.’
    creation, causing, causation, making, engendering, spawning, production, initiation, origination, inception, occasioning, prompting, kindling, triggering, inspiration
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    1. 2.1 The propagation of living organisms; procreation.
      procreation, reproduction, propagation, breeding, fathering, siring, engendering, spawning, creation
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Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin generatio(n-), from the verb generare (see generate).

Pronunciation

generation

/ˌjenəˈrāSH(ə)n//ˌdʒɛnəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/