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

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 Our game plan was to create a book as memorable as the Bengals’ recent success. Jeff Suess And Rick Pender, The Enquirer, 23 Sep. 2022 The planning, weirdly, was almost military and very precise to create chaos in front of the camera. Thomas Page, CNN, 23 Sep. 2022 The key to wearing the reveal-and-conceal look is to create balance, which is exactly what Bieber does with smart loafers and knee high-socks. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 22 Sep. 2022 The idea is to create the pretext of popular support to justify further military action, Savelyeva said. Claire Parker, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2022 The primary goal is to create entertainment options for convention attendees that would encourage them to stay on the McCormick Place campus in between exhibitions. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 20 Sep. 2022 As Jeremy Pelzer reports, the goal of the coalition is to create jobs and reduce pollution. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 20 Sep. 2022 The mission is to create a safe space to learn, encourage entrepreneurship, self-determination and physical and mental wellness in the community. Ashley Luthern, Journal Sentinel, 20 Sep. 2022 The idea, in essence, is to create a separate pigworld, completely severed from the rest of nature. Boyce Upholt, The New Republic, 19 Sep. 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, Sun-Sentinel.com, 26 Apr. 2017 See More

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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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“Create.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/create. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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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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