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noun generation pronunciation in British English /ˌdʒenəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/ 
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  1. 1
    [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.

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  2. 2
    [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 a French family.

    1. a.
      the number of years that usually pass between the birth of a person and the birth of that person's children

      Within a generation, the family had lost all its wealth.

  3. 3
    [countable] a group of products that were made at about the same time, intended as an improvement on those that came before them

    a new generation of mobile phones



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