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 These are signs of how the expanding civil war in Libya has created a potential opening for the Islamic State to revive itself in the country, according to Libyan commanders and Western officials. BostonGlobe.com, "Libya’s civil war creates an opening for ISIS - The Boston Globe," 25 Nov. 2019 Amir Rashidi, an Internet security and digital rights specialist, said Iran has previously weighed the idea of creating different levels of access to the Internet. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "'Tool of repression': Iran and regimes from Ethiopia to Venezuela limit Internet, go dark online," 24 Nov. 2019 These are signs of how the expanding civil war in Libya has created a potential opening for the Islamic State to revive itself in the country, according to Libyan commanders and Western officials. Washington Post, "Libya’s civil war creates opening for ISIS return as counterterrorism effort falters," 24 Nov. 2019 Whoever wins Iowa and New Hampshire will undoubtedly have momentum when the primary contests turn south –- and momentum has a way of creating more momentum. Dante Chinni, NBC News, "Three reasons Biden might keep steep African-American support," 24 Nov. 2019 Last year, Xbox released the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a major move forward in the pursuit of creating accessible gaming inputs adaptable to a wide variety of abilities. Wired, "Half-Life Is Coming Back—in Virtual Reality," 22 Nov. 2019 That is why Hong Kong’s protesters are so desperate, and why the harmony Mr Xi talks so blithely of creating in China will elude him. The Economist, "Hong Kong in revolt China’s unruly periphery resents the Communist Party’s heavy hand," 21 Nov. 2019 Chloe's family is pointing the finger squarely at Royal Caribbean, accusing the cruise liner of creating a fatal safety hazard. CBS News, "For grandfather charged in girl's cruise ship death, surveillance video likely key evidence," 20 Nov. 2019 His mentor, the great Louis H. Sullivan, from whom Wright learned more about architecture than from any other person, was always way out ahead of the pupil on the gospel of creating an American architecture for Americans. Paul Hendrickson, Smithsonian, "The Prickly, Brilliant and Deeply Influential Frank Lloyd Wright," 20 Nov. 2019 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

28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Create.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/create?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=create01. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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