Generation - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌdʒenəˈreɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word generation
Brit.  |dʒɛnəˈreɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word generation


- all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age (syn: coevals, contemporaries)
- group of genetically related organisms constituting a single step in the line of descent
- the normal time between successive generations
- a stage of technological development or innovation
- a coming into being (syn: genesis)
- the production of heat or electricity
- the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production (syn: multiplication, propagation)


She was worshipped by a generation of moviegoers.

He was a hero to generations of students.

We need to preserve these resources for future generations.

His books are popular among members of the younger generation.

That family has lived in the same house for four generations.

The house has been passed down in the family from generation to generation.

He has held that position for a generation.

No one dreamed that such things would be possible a generation ago.

The company claims to be developing the next generation of portable computers.

Like most of my generation, I had never known a war.

In my generation the divorce rate is very high.

The younger generation don't know what hard work is.

The story has been handed down from generation to generation.

Friction is common when three generations live together.

Some families have lived here for generations.

Word forms

singular: generation
plural: generations
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