cre·​a·​tion | \ krē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce creation (audio) \

Definition of creation

1 : the act of creating especially : the act of bringing the world into ordered existence
2 : the act of making, inventing, or producing: such as
a : the act of investing with a new rank or office
b : the first representation of a dramatic role
3 : something that is created: such as
a : world
b : creatures singly or in aggregate
c : an original work of art
d : a new usually striking article of clothing

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Examples of creation in a Sentence

The play continues to entertain audiences 25 years after its creation. Job creation will be an important issue in next year's elections. These changes will lead to the creation of new businesses. The company was largely the creation of one woman. Come taste our chef's delicious new creations. She's wearing one of her original fashion creations. How are humans different from the rest of creation?
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Recent Examples on the Web

Ballesteros and others have been sequencing horseshoe crabs for some time, allowing for the creation of what's known as a phylogenetic dataset, a fancy way of saying a family tree. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Study: Horseshoe Crabs Really Are Arachnids, Just Like Spiders," 28 Feb. 2019 Congress’ most recent National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) — legislation which outlines the Defense Department’s policies for each year — also called for the creation of a US Space Command, as a subunit of USSTRATCOM. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Space Command is coming back, but Space Force still needs approval from Congress," 18 Dec. 2018 City and state officials announced Tuesday the creation of a 45-member community advisory group that will meet to provide input and share information about HQ2. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Amazon Executives, City Official Defend HQ2 Deal," 12 Dec. 2018 Miranda, along with his family and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, announced the creation of the Flamboyan Arts Fund back in July. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Reprising His Role in Hamilton in Puerto Rico," 1 Oct. 2018 This happened most prominently with Disney last summer, which pulled all of its movies from Netflix after announcing the creation of its very own direct-to-consumer streaming service. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Nickelodeon Has Started Its Very Own Streaming Service," 29 Aug. 2018 In response to this snub, Mongeau announced the creation of TanaCon, her own YouTube convention hosted at the Anaheim Marriott Suites — just down the street from VidCon. Kathryn Lindsay,, "The Trials & Tribulations Of TanaCon, The Internet’s Weirdest Drama," 6 July 2018 Jack Greenberg, of Springbrook Village at Hobart LLC, requested that the 24.6-acre property be rezoned from residential-1 to a planned unit development to allow for the creation of a subdivision marketed to seniors and empty nesters. Cain Buchmeier, Post-Tribune, "Proposed rezoning for Hobart property given unfavorable recommendation," 6 July 2018 In America the platforms lobbied furiously for the creation of a new category of employment, somewhere between self-employment and employment. The Economist, "Run, TaskRabbit, run: July 2030," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of creation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for creation

Middle English creacion, borrowed from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Late Latin creātiōn-, creātiō "something brought into existence," going back to Latin, "act of begetting," from creāre "to beget, give birth to, create entry 1" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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English Language Learners Definition of creation

: the act of making or producing something that did not exist before : the act of creating something
: something new that is made or produced : something that has been created
: everything in the world


cre·​a·​tion | \ krē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce creation (audio) \

Kids Definition of creation

1 : the act of bringing the world into existence out of nothing
2 : the act of making, inventing, or producing something the creation of a poem
3 : something produced by human intelligence or imagination The artist showed me her creations.
4 : a wide range of places The puppy ran all over creation.
5 : a living thing or living things There was peace among all creation.

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