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. See More
Recent Examples on the WebThe company also laid off about 18 percent of its workforce last month to help bring the next generation of ships into service.—Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 Dec. 2023 Within days of Russia invading Ukraine in February 2022, setting off Europe’s biggest land war in generations, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appeared on Facebook, telling his soldiers to surrender.—Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 4 Dec. 2023 More than ever, the three women are grappling with how to pass down Juma’s traditions to the next generations.—Fabiano Maisonnave, Teresa De Miguel, and André Penner, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Dec. 2023 There’s a reason society has, for generations, created an elaborate ruse to trick children into writing wish lists for Christmas.—Karim Doumar, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2023 Questionnaires from doctors routinely ask for generations of family medical history.—Emily Bazelon, New York Times, 3 Dec. 2023 If younger generations regarded Guatemala’s old Cold War paradigm as irrelevant, Méndez Ruiz didn’t.—Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2023 King Charles is standing up for the environment on behalf of future generations, including his grandchildren.—Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 1 Dec. 2023 And when these conflicts arose, a lot of it was left unresolved and without consensus despite multiple generations providing opinions.—Sharneé Carrington, Parents, 1 Dec. 2023 See More
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Middle English generacioun "procreation, development, offspring, lineage," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French generacion, borrowed from Late Latin generātiōn-, generātiō, going back to Latin, "procreation," from generāre "to bring into being, generate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns