generation

noun
gen·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌje-nə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce generation (audio) \

Definition of generation

1a : a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor
b : a group of individuals born and living contemporaneously the younger generation
c : a group of individuals having contemporaneously a status (such as that of students in a school) which each one holds only for a limited period
d : a type or class of objects usually developed from an earlier type first of the … new generation of powerful supersonic fighters— Kenneth Koyen
2a : the action or process of producing offspring : procreation
b : the process of coming or bringing into being generation of income
c : origination by a generating process : production especially : formation of a geometric figure by motion of another
3 : the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring

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Other Words from generation

generational \ ˌje-​nə-​ˈrā-​shnəl How to pronounce generational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
generationally \ ˌje-​nə-​ˈrā-​shnə-​lē How to pronounce generationally (audio) , shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Examples of generation in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web With every new generation of birds, my feeling of responsibility deepens. Jenny Odell, The Atlantic, "Why Birds Do What They Do," 16 May 2020 Over the 25 years he's worked at the bakery, he's seen a new generation grow up on the other side of the counter. Mayra Cuevas, CNN, "A bakery is giving away hundreds of graduation cakes," 15 May 2020 Bernie Blackout pulls back the curtain to expose the corruption and bias that’s rampant in mainstream media’s coverage of presidential elections, and takes a hard look at a new generation and their relationship with news and politics. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Bernie Sanders documentary features Alabama filmmaker," 13 May 2020 Korn -- who’s championed the concept of Traders Who Code -- was expected to be part of a new generation of leaders overseeing the trading division’s evolution. Sridhar Natarajan, Bloomberg.com, "Goldman Rocked by Tech Tumult as Key Leaders Depart Trading Unit," 13 May 2020 Taken the gospel of the pass rush and continues to preach it to a new generation. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Legendary Colts defensive line coach John Teerlinck dies at 69," 11 May 2020 With this leak, a new generation of console games could soon be emulated. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Giant Leak Releases Nintendo Source Code Into the Wild," 7 May 2020 The new Arc will be controlled by a new generation of app dubbed S2, which will launch in June. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, "Sonos Announces New Arc Sound Bar for Your Shelter-at-Home Theater Needs," 6 May 2020 Microsoft is launching a new generation of Surface devices that aims to offer something for everyone. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft launches Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2, a new Surface Dock and Surface Headphones 2," 6 May 2020

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First Known Use of generation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for generation

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

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The first known use of generation was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Generation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generation. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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generation

noun
How to pronounce generation (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of generation

: a group of people born and living during the same time
: the people in a family born and living during the same time
: the average length of time between the birth of parents and the birth of their children

generation

noun
gen·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌje-nə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce generation (audio) \

Kids Definition of generation

1 : those being a single step in a line originating from one ancestor This family has lived in town for four generations.
2 : a group of individuals born and living at about the same time the younger generation
3 : the act or process of producing or creating something the generation of heat

generation

noun
gen·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌjen-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce generation (audio) \

Medical Definition of generation

1a : a body of living beings constituting a single step in the line of descent from an ancestor
b : a group of individuals born and living contemporaneously
2 : the average span of time between the birth of parents and that of their offspring
3 : the action or process of producing offspring : procreation

Other Words from generation

generational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce generational (audio) \ adjective

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