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Generation is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.


  • IPA (key): /ˌʤɛnəˈreɪʃən/
  • SAMPA: /%dZEn@"reIS@n/
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  • Hyphenation: gen‧er‧a‧tion




  1. (countable) A generation, is all the people or things of about the same age.
    My father belonged to a generation of travellers who saw the world before there was a McDonalds on every corner.
  2. (countable) A generation is the average time between one when group of people were born and when their children were born, roughly 20–30 years.
    During previous generations, travel was not so easy.
  3. (countable) A class or type of objects usually developed from an earlier type.
    A new generation of personal computers is about to hit the stores.
  4. (uncountable) Generation is the creation of something, often electricity.
    The increase in new power generation has not kept up with demand for electricity.


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