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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For 2019, this current eighth generation Maxima’s exterior is more modern and a few additional safety vehicles are available. James Raia, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Nissan Maxima: Enduring sedan mixes tradition with sportiness," 23 Aug. 2019 The Ram's been a hit since the current generation debuted as a 2019 model, and nothing about the 2020 is likely to change that. Dallas News, "This round in Truck Wars goes to the 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 diesel," 23 Aug. 2019 Specifically, the styling references the generation that grew up on the edge of the '90s in Ukraine. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Girls Can't Get Enough of Bevza, a Sophie Turner Favorite," 22 Aug. 2019 The relative makeup of either bellicose or peaceable individuals determines the collective aggressiveness of a colony, which is also transmitted down through generations from parent to daughter colony. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Colonies of Aggressive, Social Spiders Boom After a Hurricane," 19 Aug. 2019 Relations between the generations, bonds of authority . . Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Murder Italian Style," 19 Aug. 2019 Watt, of course, is the Pewaukee native who has netted three NFL Defensive Player of the Year trophies as one of the most dominant defensive linemen this generation. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "There are Packers and Wisconsin connections all over the list of greatest NFL players by jersey number," 19 Aug. 2019 Wind is even cheaper at the moment because of a tax credit given to renewable energy generation. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Wind power prices now lower than the cost of natural gas," 17 Aug. 2019 In the ensuing years, the lakes became centers of recreation as power generation faded. San Antonio Express-News, "Lakefront landowners left high and dry," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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generation

noun

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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