creative

adjective
cre·a·tive | \ krē-ˈā-tiv , ˈkrē-ˌā- \

Definition of creative 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : marked by the ability or power to create : given to creating the creative impulse a creative genius

2 : having the quality of something created rather than imitated : imaginative the creative arts creative writing

3 : managed so as to get around legal or conventional limits creative financing also : deceptively arranged so as to conceal or defraud creative accounting

creative

noun

Definition of creative (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one who is creative especially : one involved in the creation of advertisements

2 : creative activity or the material produced by it especially in advertising

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Other words from creative

Adjective

creatively adverb
creativeness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for creative

Synonyms: Adjective

artful, clever, imaginative, ingenious, innovative, inventive

Antonyms: Adjective

uncreative, unimaginative

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Examples of creative in a Sentence

Adjective

She's a very creative person. She has one of the most creative minds in the business. They've come up with some creative new ways to make money. a creative solution to a difficult problem He teaches creative writing at the university. the first step in the creative process It turns out that the company's report of record profits last year was due to some creative accounting.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

To manage the costs, builders are getting creative. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Tariffs are making it more expensive to build in Boston — and that could push rents even higher," 12 July 2018 The star is going to have to get a little creative, though. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "She's Got Sole! Kylie Jenner Shows Off Her Baby Daughter Stormi's Extensive Shoe Collection," 4 July 2018 There’s no obvious choice among available goalies, although general manager Lou Lamoriello has a history of being creative with his acquisitions. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL free agency 2018: Winners, losers from early frenzy," 1 July 2018 No wild headlights No more getting creative with the color of your car's headlights and taillights. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Gas tax hike, sex ed and eyeball tattooing: here are the new laws taking effect July 1," 29 June 2018 This adaptation comes to you via directer Mike Newell, who was the creative behind Four Weddings And A Funeral and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, so any diehard fans of the book should rest assured the story is in good hands. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Netflix’s Newest Romance Actually Has Nothing To Do With Potatoes," 28 June 2018 The Rays got a little creative in the ninth inning of their 1-0 win over the Nationals Tuesday afternoon. Jenna West, SI.com, "Rays Pitcher Ends Up Playing First Base in Strange Postion Shuffle," 26 June 2018 Wondering if Calipari truly will get creative with some of the looks is a topic for another day. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "What new Kentucky basketball commit Reid Travis means for the Wildcats," 20 June 2018 That means ambitious fundraising, picking up $1 million-plus for some football road games, getting creative in other areas, paying lower salaries. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: UConn Road Show One Piece In Complicated And Challenging Financial Puzzle," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The pair crafted it in Boys Noize's Berlin studio, a wonderland of modular gear that'll turn any creative's wheels spinning. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Boys Noize & Virgil Abloh Drop 3-Track Industrial 'Orvnge' EP: Listen," 13 July 2018 Similar things are happening across the country, but Portland feels particularly unsafe because the city is 76 percent white, said Stephanie Duncker, a black creative who has lived in New York and Florida. Casey Parks, OregonLive.com, "Portland's people of color felt under attack long before MAX stabbings," 3 June 2017 Rocket League creative will air across WWE Network, WWE’s digital and social channels, and on WWE’s flagship TV programs Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live on USA Network. Posted Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Psyonix, WWE announce Rocket League partnership," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of creative

Adjective

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for creative

Adjective

borrowed from Medieval Latin creātīvus, from Latin creātus, past participle of creāre "to beget, give birth to, create entry 1" + -īvus -ive

Noun

derivative of creative entry 1

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The first known use of creative was in 1678

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creative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of creative

: having or showing an ability to make new things or think of new ideas

: using the ability to make or think of new things : involving the process by which new ideas, stories, etc., are created

: done in an unusual and often dishonest way

creative

adjective
cre·a·tive | \ krē-ˈā-tiv \

Kids Definition of creative

: able to invent or produce new and original things

Other words from creative

creatively adverb
creativeness noun

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