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 Their vision was to create a dwelling that would serve as an armchair for gazing out over the city, where jacarandas turn deep indigo in the spring and electric thunderstorms roll across the skyline in summer. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "In Johannesburg, a Space-Age Bungalow With Killer Views Is Reborn," 5 Jan. 2021 The goal for 2021 is to create housing units for 1,500 people countywide, in former hotels and nursing homes throughout the county. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Country venue blues, ice shanty dining, turkey sightings: News from around our 50 states," 5 Jan. 2021 One that has been making its way into potential legislation is to create accounts for individuals with the help of the Federal Reserve. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Biden Administration Could Unsettle Banks in More Than One Way," 4 Jan. 2021 But her greatest desire was to create and lead a public school that used the Montessori teaching model. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "‘People were prepared to follow her forever’: Dallas principal’s extraordinary life, not her death, deserves notice," 31 Dec. 2020 Their goal was to create a place where Latinas could find everything from inspiring talks by celebrities to tips on how to treat their curls, or register to vote. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Deconstructing the 2020 Latino Vote," 31 Dec. 2020 His mission was to create a social enterprise to give people with autism an opportunity to have real opportunities and real jobs that would challenge them and give them skills. Scott Luxor, sun-sentinel.com, "Employing autistic staff, Rising Tide Car Wash plans third location," 30 Dec. 2020 When the whole point is to create a barrier strong enough to withstand ejaculate, fit is kind of an issue. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Can You Get Pregnant With a Condom?," 29 Dec. 2020 The goal is to create a balanced relationship so your pet tolerates being alone. Lori M Teller, The Conversation, "How to help dogs and cats manage separation anxiety when their humans return to work," 28 Dec. 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

18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Create.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/create. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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