create

verb
cre·ate | \krē-ˈāt, 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

As president of the Homewood Historical Society Elaine Egdorf had been tasked with creating an event celebrating the Dixie Highway, which was built in 1915 and is the state’s second oldest route. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Southland family honors dad's memory by driving his ashes down Dixie Highway in convoy of Plymouth Prowlers," 12 July 2018 The singer is also a long-running artist, known for creating works out of simple raw materials such as paper, cardboard and paint. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Given that his career has been based on creating content farms, Goldberg’s reputation in media circles is, to put it lightly, not great. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Gawker was just bought by one of its frequent targets.," 12 July 2018 This is the second in a four-part, weekly series in which RedEye profiles Chicago artists who are going old-school by creating unique sounds with instruments often left out of contemporary popular music. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Sen Morimoto gets moody with his saxophone," 11 July 2018 After losing consumer confidence for creating 2.1 million fake accounts a year earlier, Wells Fargo admitted in 2017 that an additional 1.7 million fake accounts had been made. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and 8 Other Companies We Love to Hate," 10 July 2018 World Cups are built to create cycles of memory and hope. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 July 2018 Their work has in turn prompted giants like Globo and Estado de São Paulo, a newspaper, to create fact-checking teams. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 Those failing to create or follow a plan would be placed on a watch list. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "State works on identifying troubled school districts," 13 July 2018

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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Dictionary Entries near create

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Phrases Related to create

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

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More Definitions for create

create

verb

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 \
created; creating

Kids Definition of create

: to cause to exist : bring into existence : produce

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