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verb cre·ate \krē-ˈāt, ˈkrē-ˌ\

Simple Definition of create

  • : to make or produce (something) : to cause (something new) to exist

  • : to cause (a particular situation) to exist

  • : to produce (something new, such as a work of art) by using your talents and imagination

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of create



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring into existence <God created the heaven and the earth — Genesis 1:1(Authorized Version)>

  3. 2 a :  to invest with a new form, office, or rank <was created a lieutenant> b :  to produce or bring about by a course of action or behavior <her arrival created a terrible fuss> <create new jobs>

  4. 3 :  cause, occasion <famine creates high food prices>

  5. 4 a :  to produce through imaginative skill <create a painting> b :  design <creates dresses>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to make or bring into existence something new

  8. 2 :  to set up a scoring opportunity in basketball <create off the dribble>

Examples of create in a sentence

  1. Several new government programs were created while she was governor.

  2. The President has announced a plan to create new jobs.

  3. the scientists who created the world's first atomic bomb

  4. The machine creates a lot of noise.

  5. It can be hard to create a balance between work and family.

  6. She creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for her guests.

  7. The advertisements are intended to create demand for the product.

  8. I've been creating music for over 30 years.

  9. She enjoys creating new dishes by combining unusual ingredients.

Origin and Etymology of create

Middle English, from Latin creatus, past participle of creare; akin to Latin crescere to grow — more at crescent

First Known Use: 14th century



adjective cre·ate

Definition of create


  1. :  created

15th Century

First Known Use of create

15th century

Rhymes with create

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CREATE Defined for Kids


verb cre·ate \krē-ˈāt\

Definition of create for Students



  1. :  to cause to exist :  bring into existence :  produce

Word Root of create

The Latin word creāre, meaning “to produce” or “to cause,” gives us the root cre. Words from the Latin creāre have something to do with producing or causing. To create something is to produce it. Anyone creative is able to produce new and original things. A creature is a being that was alive when it was produced

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