cre·​a·​tion | \krē-ˈā-shən \

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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One fan got especially lavish with their creation, and showed off a manicure with an ombre effect, flower decals, and the song title. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Manicures Inspired by Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” Have Arrived on Instagram," 26 Nov. 2018 My parents spent six decades in that place, and there was barely a square inch that wasn’t covered with a lifetime of acquisitions and their own creations. Robert J. Toth, WSJ, "The Stuff Our Parents Left Behind," 18 Nov. 2018 Schrier became the first Democrat to win the 8th District since its creation after the 1980 census. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Map: Kim Schrier won big in King County suburbs, even in Dino Rossi’s neighborhood," 14 Nov. 2018 So one of her most satisfying creations was not a $20,000 dress for an upper-crust socialite but a mail-order catalog that aspired to deliver great quality at reasonable prices. Jesse Kornbluth, ELLE Decor, "Carolyne Roehm Is the O.G. Lifestyle Maven and Her New Book Shows Why She Still Inspires," 18 Oct. 2018 Then check out more of her mindblowing creations on YouTube. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "This Girl Recreated The 'Practical Magic' House On The Sims And It's Insane," 11 Oct. 2018 Where the cafe really shines, however, is in its more complex creations from lead barista Sawyer Estes; among them, maple-oat cold brew, pink-grapefruit cold brew soda, and a vanilla bourbon latte. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Coffee Shops in Atlanta," 22 Aug. 2018 In creating their works, many artists sought inspiration directly from the venues housing their creations. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Works by Over 100 Contemporary Artists Take Over Cleveland," 14 July 2018 Night Fall performers will come in their costumes, and puppeteer Anne Cubberly will premiere her newest creation. Susan Dunne,, "Night Fall To Host Fundraiser In Elizabeth Park," 14 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 \

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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