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

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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web How has that expansion impacted your approach to recipe creation? Katherine Finnerty, WSJ, 7 May 2022 The birds are a crucial element of Yurok culture, playing a prominent role in the tribe's creation story and cultural dances. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 7 May 2022 Three businesses are moving and expanding in Hammond, based on projects approved Thursday by city leaders, which will generate nearly $160 million in investments and job creation. Alexandra Kukulka, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2022 This is the highest rate of small business job creation ever recorded in one single year. Rhett Buttle, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Atlanta’s job-creation engine is stronger than the national average, and continues to draw more transplants than many competing metros, Daniel said. Michael E. Kanell, ajc, 6 May 2022 The committee’s creation means that for the first time, the voices guiding the Interior and Justice departments in the effort will include people most affected by the epidemic, said Haaland, the first Native American to lead a cabinet department. Susan Montoya Bryan, Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, 5 May 2022 Progress uses the latest AI methods for digitization, restoration and metadata creation and operates an archive platform for the worldwide community of archive researchers at its website. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 5 May 2022 Facebook is scrapping audio-only creation just one year after introducing a set of mobile-friendly tools. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 3 May 2022 See More

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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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“Creation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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