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

The Senegalese dish is considered to have been an accidental creation by Penda Mbaye, a cook based near the Senegal River delta and Portuguese trading posts, after a shortage of barley forced her to use rice for cooking. Haleluya Hadero, Quartz Africa, "How Jollof rice became West Africa’s iconic dish and a point of banter between Africans," 23 Aug. 2019 Regardless, customers always see and approve the final creation before it’s printed, O’Neal said. Mckenna Oxenden,, "Meet the Baltimore woman who designed a comic book-themed program for 4-year-old Malachi Lawson’s funeral," 23 Aug. 2019 Such is the potent mix of horror and eloquence that drives playwright Nick Dear’s 2011 adaptation, which rescues Mary Shelley’s creation from the stereotypes of innumerable grunting, lumbering movie monsters. Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times, "Review: In ‘Frankenstein’ at A Noise Within, a harrowing performance pulses with humanity," 23 Aug. 2019 Since Robin Hood’s creation, Alamo Heights ISD, which has had a relatively small enrollment and last year served 4,843 students, has sent more than half a billion dollars to the state. Krista Torralva,, "Alamo Heights ISD cuts payment to ‘Robin Hood’ by $7.8 million," 23 Aug. 2019 To get around, consider hopping aboard a JUMP e-bike or a Lime electric scooter — easier, faster, and more fun than driving — to find these and other eye-popping creations. Harriot Manley,, "9 must-see murals in downtown Sacramento," 22 Aug. 2019 The popular Netflix series revolves around the 1970s creation of the FBI’s burgeoning Behavioral Sciences Unit, whose members came up with psychological profiles of suspects by studying serial killers locked up for similar crimes. Carmel Carrillo,, "‘Mindhunter’ actor Sonny Valicenti brings a little Barrington to the BTK Strangler," 22 Aug. 2019 Taken together, the best Hollywood westerns come as close as anything ever has to comprising America’s creation myth, a tale of brave men and women who rode toward Monument Valley to make better lives for themselves and their children. Terry Teachout, National Review, "Western Movies," 22 Aug. 2019 Multi-core workloads like video editing More cores are generally going to be better for most advanced content creation chores such as video editing, 3D modelling, or advanced photo tools that support the additional cores. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "10th-gen CPU buyers guide: We ranked every new Intel laptop CPU for you," 21 Aug. 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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