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 Visitors can walk through a re-creation of Ardennes, where the Battle of the Bulge was fought in bitter cold, snowy conditions in late 1944 and early 1945; and gaze up and see airplanes overhead in a barrack under attack in the Air War gallery. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "National World War II Museum in New Orleans tells an emotional, heart-wrenching tale," 9 Feb. 2020 This demand for an Election Night that starts with uncertainty and ends with resolution is an arbitrary modern creation of the media, and of television news, in particular. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "On the Trail: Making Sense of the Mess in Iowa," 7 Feb. 2020 The university’s creation of a new office for diversity and inclusion and the search for a new specialist for diversity, equity and inclusion in the human resources department will now take on added urgency. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, "Uproar Over Essays Turns MLK’s Dream Inside Out," 6 Feb. 2020 One priority for the two companies will be growing their joint share of the American podcast market by applying Sony's expertise in content creation, marketing and monetisation to Somethin' Else's fast-growing global business. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "Sony Music Teams Up With Somethin' Else to Grow Global Podcast Market," 4 Feb. 2020 Dallas moved Mickie to a content-creation role, and Taimou signed a Contenders contract. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "To escape their past, the Dallas Fuel tasked head coach ‘Aero’ to hit the reset buttom," 4 Feb. 2020 By continuing to mine coal—but using it as a raw material in graphene creation, rather than simply burning it for energy—the industry can stay alive and convert its product into a higher value material. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How to Turn Garbage Into Graphene," 28 Jan. 2020 And this effort at self-creation is a solitary business. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The Marked Individual," 24 Jan. 2020 And over the past few years, a new timeline has begun to emerge, one that shifts the chaos earlier, to less than 100 million years after the system’s creation—and perhaps as few as 10 million years. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Cataclysmic bashing from giant planets occurred early in our Solar System's history," 21 Jan. 2020

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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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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Creation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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