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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But enormous problems are fertile ground for innovative, change-the-world founders to create new enterprises. Ken Frazier, STAT, 7 Aug. 2022 Gerrymandering the shapes of districts to create safe seats is an old trick that has been used by both sides in American politics. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2022 And critics say the effort to create safer streets through engineering, enforcement, education, evaluation and community engagement has been underwhelming. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2022 Given the pure comic-bookiness of the source material, the show is a feat of print-to-screen translation, with enough narrative rearrangement to create convincing through lines across the season. Inkoo Kang, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 The process to create the easement started in 2020. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 Biden’s comments and other moves, like the US effort to create an economic alliance of Asia-Pacific nations to counter China’s influence, have raised anxiety among Chinese leaders about Taiwan, Blanchette said. Jim Puzzanghera, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2022 But more pressing than that is the rumor of the emergence of a dream vortex, a human with the power to create entire worlds of their own… or destroy them. Alex Raiman, EW.com, 5 Aug. 2022 The election commission considered a motion to create a plan to tighten security. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, Sun-Sentinel.com, 26 Apr. 2017 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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“Create.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/create. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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