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 The Pacers still had trouble with the pick-and-roll actions with Bogdon Bogdanovic (28 points), athleticism of John Collins (25 points, 7 rebounds), ballhandling and shot creation by the 6-10 Danilo Gallinari (15 points). J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Caris LeVert closes strong as Pacers come up big to win season series with Hawks," 7 May 2021 Commercial multifamily real estate could be the next great wealth-creation opportunity. Calvin Cooper, Forbes, "Why Do Only Rich People Own The Places We Live, Work And Play?," 6 May 2021 Superior Roll Forming in Medina County’s Valley City plans to use Ohio job-creation tax credits to add 150 jobs at an expansion of its roll forming facility in nearby Liverpool Township. cleveland, "Two NE Ohio companies land $1.3 million in job-creation tax credits," 27 Apr. 2021 Under an agreement approved earlier Monday by a state incentives panel, Apple would get $846 million in cumulative cash payments over the next 39 years if the company meets job-creation and investment thresholds. Sophia Tulp And Bryan Anderson,, "Apple to build East Coast campus in North Carolina with at least 3,000 new jobs," 26 Apr. 2021 Still, compared to anything but Biden’s wasteful COVID-19 stimulus bill, his infrastructure plan would be an appallingly inefficient job-creation program. Jeffrey H. Anderson, Washington Examiner, "Biden's 'infrastructure' plan would cost $809,000 per job," 22 Apr. 2021 This means your organization must put sustainability right at the heart of innovation and value-creation. Steve Varley, Quartz, "5 ways chief sustainability officers can be effective stewards of business and the planet," 14 Apr. 2021 For one, the new media economy promises both to make some writers rich and to turn others into the content-creation equivalent of Uber drivers, even as journalists turn increasingly to labor unions to level out pay scales. New York Times, "Why We’re Freaking Out About Substack," 11 Apr. 2021 Taken together these delusions impose on humans a burden of self-creation that is beyond not only adolescents and children but, ultimately, human nature itself. The Editors, National Review, "Asa Hutchinson’s Foolish Mistake," 7 Apr. 2021

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

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11 May 2021

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“Creation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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