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 In talks for a new contract with the union, GM offered to create 5,400 new jobs, invest $7 billion in various facilities, and to increase wages and benefits. Wired, "The Shift to Electric Vehicles Propels a Strike Against GM," 17 Sep. 2019 The owners see their business as an example of how marginalized groups can create representation for themselves. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: A Trump visit and the Emmys in the week ahead," 16 Sep. 2019 Instead, a local oyster recycling program returns the shells to, in Salgado’s case, the Marine Discovery Center, which creates oyster modules for habitat restoration. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Chef Henry Salgado: ‘I was blown away by what I tasted’," 16 Sep. 2019 Ibsen and his peers sought not only to create art that drew on Norwegian culture, but also to establish institutions that could support their work. Andrew Katzenstein, Harper's magazine, "The Radical Conservative," 16 Sep. 2019 Smithers currently employs 111 people in Akron and plans to create 84 jobs over the next four years, including people with advanced degrees to work in the R&D facility. Robin Goist, cleveland.com, "Akron, Summit County partner to bring Smithers headquarters to downtown," 16 Sep. 2019 Amino acids don’t react well on their own to create peptides, but a mixture of amino acids and another, strikingly similar compound (alpha hydroxy acids) does. Quanta Magazine, "Origin-of-Life Study Points to Chemical Chimeras, Not RNA," 16 Sep. 2019 Sarah has journeyed across the globe to create films that spotlight the work of National Geographic grantees, from translocating leopards in Namibia to unearthing mummies in Peru. National Geographic, "Sarah Joseph," 15 Sep. 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now As Alma begins to move back and forth through time, the show relies on trippy visuals created with rotoscope, a film technique in which animation is layered over live-action footage. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The Creators of Bojack Horseman on Pushing the Limits of Adult Animation Even Further With Undone," 13 Sep. 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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The first known use of create was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

31 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Create.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creates. Accessed 22 November 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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