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 Compared to that, job creation and economic growth could look impressive by the fall. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump will claim coronavirus success but first must define it," 28 May 2020 For more information about applying for a job creation grant, go to or call Bichara at 440-234-8811. cleveland, "Middleburg Heights rewards companies for achieving annual jobs goals," 28 May 2020 Between that year and 2017, one in four of these projects reported zero net job creation. Desperation Town, ProPublica, "These Companies Got Millions in Tax Breaks to Bring Jobs to Youngstown. They Created Next to None.," 12 May 2020 The expansion of businesses and investments in infrastructure are the engines of growth and job creation. Rodrigo Olivares-caminal, Quartz Africa, "Africa needs to be wary of the unintended consequences with a moratorium on its debt," 11 May 2020 New intriguing documentary Spaceship Earth follows the ragtag group of freethinkers who became famous for the creation of Biosphere 2, a manmade vivarium in the middle of the desert meant to test whether humans could sustain life on another planet. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Group Behind Spaceship Earth‘s Biosphere 2 Has Always Been Enterprising," 8 May 2020 Those incentives — $24 million of which would come from the state’s deal-closing fund used to lure business development to Texas — depend on the company’s ability to hit job-creation targets. Dallas News, "Uber wants two-year extension from Dallas on its Deep Ellum incentives," 4 May 2020 There is a danger that promises about climate change will be cast aside in the name of a speedy economic recovery and job creation, or that the public health crisis will provide cover for environmentally destructive actions. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "Covid-19 won’t stop the climate emergency—but will it stop climate-change protests?," 28 Apr. 2020 What’s more, years of robust job creation that pushed the jobless rate down to a half-century low of 3.5% will prove a distant memory. Vince Golle And Sarina Yoo / Bloomberg, Time, "The Post-Coronavirus Unemployment Crisis Could Last for Years, Economists Say," 10 Apr. 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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3 Jun 2020

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“Creation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 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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