generation - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
noun 

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/ˌdʒenəˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
singulargeneration
pluralgenerations
  1. 1
    [countable] a group of people in society who are born and live around the same time

    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.

  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

  4. 4
    [uncountable] the process of producing something

    cheap electricity generation