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

Definition of create

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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 With a 27-inch screen, this can be the centerpiece of the room, be a full work machine, have time for jam sessions and still create a movie night. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Better camera, more speakers, and speed boosts highlight the new 27-inch iMac," 6 Aug. 2020 Ten art installations will be placed throughout Houston’s two largest airports, helping create visitors’ first impression of the city. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston is spending $1.8M to help struggling artists," 6 Aug. 2020 Each piece has been carefully placed to complement their home and create a beautiful space. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "Prospect condo is decked out with original art, high-end furniture and a whole lot of bears," 6 Aug. 2020 Commissioners also advised the city should reach out to affordable housing developers and create a housing trust fund to help veterans, seniors, those with special needs and first responders in purchasing a home. Sarah Freishtat,, "City Council delays action on Naperville’s lack of affordable housing," 6 Aug. 2020 But doctors wondered whether ECMO might create a cohort of patients with compromised lungs who will need a transplant a year or two down the line, putting a run on a scare resource. Ron Winslow, STAT, "How a Zoom forum is changing the way ICU doctors treat desperately ill Covid-19 patients," 6 Aug. 2020 This next part requires patience, as the dish’s success requires it: the tomatoes need time to break down, release their juices, and create the tasty broth that the veggies will swim in. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Slow-cooked Mexican stew celebrates summer vegetables," 5 Aug. 2020 While a simple swoop is all some folks can handle, others prefer to lean a little further into their creativity and create mini works of art. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "A Case for Incorporating Your Baby Hairs Into Your Makeup," 5 Aug. 2020 For starters, spend the money to have a local real estate attorney create the necessary, state-specific documents. Lew Sichelman,, "Taking back financing? Here’s how," 5 Aug. 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,, "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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The first known use of create was in the 14th century

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9 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Create.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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


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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