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 The idea for Sherman Phoenix was to create an entrepreneurial hub that could foster a more inclusive economy. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A hub for Black entrepreneurs in Milwaukee focuses on sustainable change," 19 June 2020 The other meaningful way to hold police officers accountable is to create financial hardship for bad conduct by requiring officers to carry individual liability insurance. Fox News, "How fired police get rehired: Discipline challenges emerge in appeals process," 17 June 2020 All that would do is create more chaos for a league that has done a good job of staying away from it. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Hey Kyrie Irving, easy for you not to skip Orlando, but what about the others?," 16 June 2020 Natalie’s goal is to create a positive, empowering, and accepting environment. Ludmila Leiva, refinery29.com, "My Gender, My Body Hair, & Me," 15 June 2020 Their idea is to create an army of debunkers who can quickly be mobilized into action. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Can a Keyboard Crusade Stem the Vaccine Infodemic?," 15 June 2020 Wickersham said a good reform that could come from the current debate would be to create uniform training standards across the country with federal money to pay for it. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Defund the police: What it means depends on who you ask," 14 June 2020 The intent was to create a workout to depict #GeorgeFloyd’s final moments... Li Cohen, CBS News, "Anytime Fitness location under fire for seemingly mocking George Floyd with "I Can't Breathe" workout routine," 10 June 2020 When Cassandra Parker-Nowicki stepped into the executive director role last summer, one of her goals was to create a formal archive documenting the Carver’s history. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Archive projects underway at McNay Art Museum and Carver Community Cultural Center in San Antonio," 10 June 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, 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

22 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Create.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/create. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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