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



Definition of create (Entry 2 of 2)


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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 simple yet difficult solution, Zapata says, is to create a single pot of affordable housing dollars at the federal level. oregonlive, "Portland housing bond: Why is the city taking so long to create new homes?," 10 Apr. 2021 One of the immediate actions is to create a commission to study the scope of the problem because of the lack of available data. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, "Pentagon establishes working group to counter extremism in the ranks," 10 Apr. 2021 The idea was to create a private equity group to be able to invest outside of China into U.S. infrastructure projects and things like that. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Hunter Biden falsely claims intelligence community concluded laptop saga was 'Russia disinformation'," 9 Apr. 2021 When designing any room, the goal is to create a space that's perfect for you and your family's needs. Daria Smith, Southern Living, "Amazon Farmhouse Kitchen Décor That'll Make Your Shabby-Chic Dreams Come True," 9 Apr. 2021 The goal, Mathy said, is to create a job-training program where residents learn how to work in a kitchen. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dorms on archdiocese grounds, Latter-day Saints donations provide 'blueprint' for future of housing for the homeless," 8 Apr. 2021 For Pierre and Shah, the ultimate challenge wasn’t to create a tattoo ink that would be sure to fade, but one that would stay for a desirable amount of time and look as good as a conventional tattoo. Sam Neibart, Harper's BAZAAR, "This New Shop Is Creating Tattoos That Fade in a Year," 8 Apr. 2021 The next decision and the one that was a complete game changer was to create a virtual event management platform that puts an even higher emphasis on automation and personalization. Eyal Bino, Forbes, "Bizzabo's Rollercoaster Ride Is One For The Ages," 8 Apr. 2021 The best way to avoid workplace silos is to create a culture of communication. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, "Entrepreneurs: 12 Tips to Improve Collaboration and Move Your Business Forward," 8 Apr. 2021 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,, "Kelly: Lessons must be learned from Dolphins' disastrous 2013 draft | Commentary," 26 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of create


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


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for create


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

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12 Apr 2021

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“Create.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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