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

Now, the creation of Kel Mitchell’s clueless, Milli-Vanilli-haired Ed is part of an immersive pop-up restaurant that’s taking reservations in Los Angeles now through the end of the year. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Thanks to Kel Mitchell, the secret 'Good Burger' sauce exists, and it's super-tasty," 12 July 2019 There will also be a 40-foot-wide re-creation of the famous Kennedy Space Center countdown clock. Trisha Ahmed And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "The Washington Monument will blast off in honor of Apollo 11," 9 July 2019 The New Yorker cruciverbalist Natan Last on the politics of puzzles, with a round of live clue-creation. Elizabeth C. Gorski, The New Yorker, "The Weekend Crossword: Friday, July 5, 2019," 5 July 2019 In honor of the festival’s 50th anniversary this August, Gov. Ned Lamont has announced plans to personally fund a re-creation of the iconic festival in Connecticut’s town of Woodstock. Camila Vallejo,, "Lamont invites Connecticut bands to pay tribute to Woodstock with a ‘Battle of the Bands’ in, yes, Woodstock, CT," 1 July 2019 The new ride has eight oversize balloons that are giant memory balls, and the back wall of the ride is a giant re-creation of the memory ball storage area inside Riley’s brain. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Disney’s Pixar Pier marks first anniversary with opening of final attraction," 28 June 2019 Rosie the Riveter may be the more famous image of women serving the country during WWII, but the creation of the WAACs defined a cultural and military shift that blossomed into increased opportunities for women. Time Staff, Time, "15 Unsung Moments From American History That Historians Say You Should Know About," 28 June 2019 The report also calls for the creation of a task force to monitor the use of solitary confinement and move toward alternatives. Emily Lane,, "‘Their voices are clear’: Report looks at life in solitary at Louisiana prisons, calls for reform," 27 June 2019 So many American writers cling to a singular narrative of the country, one of plucky ambition, rugged-frontier individualism, and self-creation. Syreeta Mcfadden, The Atlantic, "A Documentary That Shows Another Side of Toni Morrison," 25 June 2019

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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 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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