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)


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 Follow my suggestions below to create the perfect potato salad every time. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2022 Skywatchers across most of North and South America will be treated to a rare celestial spectacle late Sunday night—weather permitting—as Earth’s shadow falls across the moon to create a total lunar eclipse. Aylin Woodward, WSJ, 15 May 2022 With its roots in England and offices in both London and New York, Bryan O’Sullivan Studio works with clients globally to create contemporary and liveable design that is both elegant and eclectic. Bridget Arsenault, Forbes, 15 May 2022 To create their looks, Sandy loves using the Taboo Liner Bundle, Taboo Glue Pen, glitter, and rhinestones. Daisy Maldonado, Allure, 15 May 2022 From the frenetic yearning to create to the rush to release music, Jones understood that kind of focus was part of the picture. Britt Julious, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2022 In 2014, his lab showed that an influx of young blood improved memory and learning in middle-aged mice using a technique that involved stitching young mice to old ones, and fusing their blood vessels to create a two-animal circuit. Megan Molteni, STAT, 14 May 2022 Karol G teamed up with Japanese visual artist SHISHIDOMIA to create a limited edition box set for a good cause. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 14 May 2022 Don’t have the requisite pint of blood, fingernail clippings, and DNA swabs on hand to create your life password? Jay Martel, The New Yorker, 14 May 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,, 26 Apr. 2017 See More

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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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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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