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cre·​ate krē-ˈāt How to pronounce create (audio)
created; creating

transitive verb

: to bring into existence
… God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1 (King James Version)
: to invest with a new form, office, or rank
She was created a lieutenant.
: to produce or bring about by a course of action or behavior
Her arrival created a terrible fuss.
create new jobs
: cause, occasion
Famine creates high food prices.
: to produce through imaginative skill
create a painting
: design
creates dresses

intransitive verb

: to make or bring into existence something new
an artist who is good at imitating but not at creating
: to set up a scoring opportunity in basketball
create off the dribble


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Example Sentences

Verb Several new government programs were created while she was governor. The President has announced a plan to create new jobs. the scientists who created the world's first atomic bomb The machine creates a lot of noise. It can be hard to create a balance between work and family. She creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for her guests. The advertisements are intended to create demand for the product. I've been creating music for over 30 years. She enjoys creating new dishes by combining unusual ingredients. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Chefs create festive vignettes decorated for the holidays. oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2022 Retailers can often create a sense of urgency with doorbuster deals, or advertisements that say supply is limited. Solcyre Burga, Time, 23 Nov. 2022 The shopping rush, big sales and charity appeals create a slew of opportunities for scammers to entice people to click on malware boobytraps, reveal sensitive personal information and cough up cash in response to deceptive emails and texts. Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2022 McCarthy can create plays on the run and commands attention from opposing defenses for his ability to extend the play and pick up extra yards as needed. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2022 Following the record-breaking success of DAHMER - Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Ryan Murphy & Ian Brennan will create two more installments that will focus on other monstrous figures who have impacted society. Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 23 Nov. 2022 Legendary home furnishings company Marimekko knows how to create a practical statement piece for everyday. Tess Garcia, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2022 Verisimilitude, and how to create the kind of character that an audience member could truly lose themselves in. WIRED, 16 Nov. 2022 Watch this short video to see how two artists create mesmerizing celebrity portraits with different dice patterns. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 15 Nov. 2022
Create art in a workshop led by experienced art educators. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, 30 May 2017 This class of chemicals — known as volatile organic compounds — is extremely potent and is blamed for helping create blankets of smog. Hiroko Tabuchi And Eric Lipton, New York Times, 20 May 2017 But all that 2013 class did was create heartburn, and get the Dolphins’ general manager fired. Omar Kelly,, 26 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History



Middle English createn, borrowed from Latin creātus, past participle of creāre "to bring into being, beget, give birth to, cause to grow," causative derivative from the base of crēscere "to come into existence, increase in size or numbers, grow" — more at crescent entry 1


Middle English creat, borrowed from Latin creātus, past participle of creāre "to bring into being, beget, give birth to, cause to grow" — more at create entry 1

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of create was in the 14th century

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“Create.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



created; creating
: to bring into existence : make, produce

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