- 1All of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively: one of his generation’s finest songwritersMore example sentences
- Despite being fêted as the greatest Shakespearean actor of his generation, he used to claim that he never understood a character until he found the right hat.
- It's a journeyman actor's CV, not the kind that, in our fantasies, we would fashion for one of the greatest actors of a generation.
- There isn't another actor in his generation who could have carried off the conflict and humour of the character with the same skill.
- 1.1The average period, generally considered to be about thirty years, in which children grow up, become adults, and have children of their own: the same families have lived here for generationsMore example sentences
- Substantial urban change is generally expected to span prolonged periods: decades, generations, centuries.
- Even as courts have, over the past two generations, grown more dismissive of hunches, there has been a counter-revolution in the cognitive sciences.
- Do foods produced from today's high-yield crops have the same nutritional quality as those grown in generations past?
- 1.2A set of members of a family regarded as a single step or stage in descent: [as modifier, in combination]: a third-generation CanadianMore example sentences
- That dining table is a place where mom's going to prepare the Thanksgiving Dinner for two or three generations of family members and share and create memories.
- Over 50 family members from three generations crowded in for the party.
- Mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, family members of all generations have been lost.
- 1.3A group of people of similar age involved in a particular activity: a new generation of actors and directorsMore example sentences
- But the anti-capitalist movement represents, above all, the entry of a new generation into political activity.
- His appearance as Hamlet at the Old Vic Theatre in London established him as one of the most talented actors of his generation, ideally suited to the great Shakespearean roles.
- It launched the careers of a new generation of Scottish actors.
- 1.4A single stage in the development of a type of product or technology: a new generation of rear-engined sports cars [as modifier, in combination]: fourth-generation broadbandMore example sentences
- We've run into a number of issues that are often cured in subsequent product generations, but that are very frustrating when initially encountered.
- Attention must therefore be paid to all aspects of the ecosystem and to their interactions when developing future generations of supercomputers.
- Chip makers are increasingly turning to collaborative projects to help reduce the growing cost of developing future generations of process technology.
- 2 [mass noun] The production or creation of something: methods of electricity generation the generation of wealthMore example sentences
- Oil was in turn followed by gas, increasingly used for electricity generation, which brought power and light to households throughout the world.
- With the higher demand last year, he said its power plants had used less natural gas in electricity generation.
- The main example I chose was the use of nuclear power for electricity generation.
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- Sometimes he has a strong desire to communicate, but the generational gap soon kills such conversations.
- I think perhaps we are looking at a generational question.
- We are reaping the benefits of a generational leap in technology.
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- A dynamic learning organisation has a mixture of experienced older staff and those who are generationally nearer the children they teach.
- Those who share either of their disparate yet generationally transcendent world views find themselves allied on that front.
- They are also a much more people-oriented generation, at least by what they have shown so far, and so in that sense it does indicate significant changes generationally.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin generatio(n-), from the verb generare (see generate).