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gen (dʒɛn Pronunciation for gen



  1. (informal) information   ⇒ give me the gen on your latest project

Word Origin

C20: from gen( eral information)



suffix forming nouns

  1. producing or that which produces   ⇒ hydrogen
  2. something produced   ⇒ carcinogen

Word Origin

via French -gène, from Greek -genēs born



abbreviation for

  1. General
  2. (Bible) Genesis

Example Sentences Including 'gen'

His office is in Burnham-on-Crouch and he thinks it's possible that he has the gen on your Channel drilling job.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
I want gen , tips, I want to know about trends in the market, I want contacts.
Barnard, Robert Death in Purple Prose
I want to get as much gen as I can about the American market.
Barnard, Robert Death in Purple Prose
Moinak Mitra One For Your Own Voice Call them new gen vortals: they play the ASP game, but with an unmistakable accent.
Business Today (2001)
Spottiswoode, Mrs Clare Mary Joan, Lately dir gen of Gas Supply.
Independent (1998)
This may be because he needs some time to gen up on the consequences of what he has done and to cobble together a route forwards.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
To be a ` gen man ' meant that you knew what you were doing and did it well, honestly and without fuss.
Patrick Bishop FIGHTER BOYS: Saving Britain 1940 (2003)


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