create

verb
cre·​ate | \ krē-ˈāt How to pronounce create (audio) , ˈkrē-ˌāt \
created; creating

Definition of create

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring into existence … God created the heaven and the earth. — Genesis 1:1 (King James Version)
2a : to invest with a new form, office, or rank She 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
3 : cause, occasion Famine creates high food prices.
4a : to produce through imaginative skill create a painting
b : design creates dresses

intransitive verb

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

create

adjective

Definition of create (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

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Examples of create in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The ability to use side-step dribbles to create space. Christian Clark, NOLA.com, "With NBA draft a month away, analysts see Pelicans trying to add more shooting around Zion," 16 Oct. 2020 Clubs across the league might not create a robust free-agent market anyway, and even though the team improved some in 2020, the Orioles weren’t going to be spending top dollar anyway. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles’ early offseason a troubling sign for club’s roster decisions as finances loom large," 16 Oct. 2020 Semiconductors, used in computer circuitry and much more, use properties of both conductance and resistance to create logical gates that direct electrons. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "In a Monumental First, Scientists Discover a Room-Temperature Superconductor," 15 Oct. 2020 The problem with watching Biden is that sanity does not create compelling crash-and-burn television. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Whiplash of Watching Two Town Halls From Different Planets," 15 Oct. 2020 Microorganisms use some of the carbon dioxide, as well as organic matter sinking from above, to create energy, producing additional methane as a byproduct. John Wenz Knowable, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Explosive Hazard Hiding in an African Lake," 14 Oct. 2020 Use fingers or a fork to create a decorative edge of your choice. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Classic Pecan Pie," 14 Oct. 2020 Stack or use them side by side to create the storage solution that works best for you. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "The best bins and baskets to keep your pantry perfectly organized," 13 Oct. 2020 This week represents one of the most difficult challenges of the season for Miami’s defensive front because the 49ers are committed to running the football, and use a ton of shifts and motions to create breakdowns on defense that open running lanes. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins’ Zach Sieler likely to start against 49ers as Shaq Lawson ruled out," 9 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Create art in a workshop led by experienced art educators. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "First weekend fun for families: Laser shows, free movies and food trucks," 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, "How Rollbacks at Scott Pruitt’s E.P.A. Are a Boon to Oil and Gas," 20 May 2017 But all that 2013 class did was create heartburn, and get the Dolphins’ general manager fired. Omar Kelly, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kelly: Lessons must be learned from Dolphins' disastrous 2013 draft | Commentary," 26 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of create

Verb

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

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for create

Verb

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

Adjective

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

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Time Traveler for create

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

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Last Updated

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Create.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/create. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for create

create

verb
How to pronounce create (audio)

English Language Learners 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

create

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

Kids Definition of create

: to cause to exist : bring into existence : produce

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