create

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verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to bring into existence
… God created the heaven and the earth.Genesis 1:1 (King James Version)
2
a
: 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.
4
a
: 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

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adjective

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
The Royals gain that player data and create a pitching profile. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 18 Feb. 2024 These films create a calming catharsis that calms our conscience and our fighting rage. Ed Meza, Variety, 18 Feb. 2024 And the mid-February sun shone strongly enough to create a bit of dazzle aloft. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2024 Now it’s reemerged to create a lake on top of the Space Slump. Cassidy Randall, Rolling Stone, 18 Feb. 2024 Citing a press release, WANE reported that the then-unidentified body was exhumed for testing in 2017 with a femur bone sent to the University of North Texas’ Center for Human Identification for DNA testing to create a profile. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 18 Feb. 2024 Still, there are a few good gags in this one, plus plenty of trippy, artfully rendered VFX by Hugues Namur (Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom), who fuses historic French architecture, including the entire Chateau de Versailles, with futuristic technology to create his intergalactic fleet. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Feb. 2024 In the 1920s, Herbert Hoover, as the secretary of commerce before his presidency, created a model law for zoning that was implemented across individual states and localities. Alena Botros, Fortune, 18 Feb. 2024 Beyond Florida, the company is starting work in southern California to create a rail corridor connecting the state with Las Vegas. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 17 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of create was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near create

Cite this Entry

“Create.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/create. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

create

verb
cre·​ate
krē-ˈāt,
ˈkrē-ˌāt
created; creating
: to bring into existence : make, produce

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