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noun generation pronunciation in American English /ˌdʒenəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] all the members of a family who are of a similar age and whose parents are of a similar age
    My mother was the only one in her generation to go to university.
    generation of: The novel is about several generations of an immigrant family.
    1. a.
      the number of years that usually pass between the birth of a person and the birth of that persons children
      Within a generation, the family had lost all its wealth.
  2. 2
    [countable] a group of people in society who are born and live around the same time
    The site was preserved as a monument for future generations.
    People retiring today are wealthier than the previous generation.
    1. a.
      a particular group existing at a particular time
      generation of: His work has been rediscovered by a younger generation of artists.
      Generations of schoolchildren have sat at these desks.
  3. 4
    [uncountable] the process of producing something
    cheap electricity generation

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