creative

adjective
cre·​a·​tive | \ krē-ˈā-tiv How to pronounce creative (audio) , 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

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 Everything founder Zerina Akers, the post celebrated the anniversary of Balmain’s creative director Oliver Rousteing. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Beyoncé Wears Sizzling Hot Mini Dress In Latest Instagram Post," 29 Apr. 2021 Blank was most recently CEO & chief creative officer of UPROXX, a site that describes itself as shaping and influencing youth culture, which Warner acquired in 2018. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Warner Music Group Launches New Ad Sales & Creative Content Division," 27 Apr. 2021 In 2017, Gucci faced significant backlash after its creative director Alessandro Michele produced a jacket that resembled one of Dan’s classic designs. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Tracksuits—Like Those Worn by Run-DMC—Are Back in Style," 27 Apr. 2021 Valentino said on Instagram that the chiffon dress was custom designed by its creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, and took artisans 300 hours to produce. Megan C. Hills, CNN, "Zendaya stuns Oscars red carpet in Cher-inspired Valentino gown," 26 Apr. 2021 Martha Martinez-Flores, owner and creative director of MM Creative, said her team shot a video of Petra Mata, co-founder of Fuerza Unida, last week. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio shifts COVID-19 vaccinations to small pop-up clinics, messaging to combat hesitancy," 26 Apr. 2021 Enter Louis Vuitton’s creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, who dreamed up a gown worthy of the occasion. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "62,000 Sequins, 3,900 Crystals, and 140 Hours: How Regina King’s Jaw-Dropping Louis Vuitton Oscars Look Came Together," 25 Apr. 2021 PARIS/ZURICH - Designer Alber Elbaz, the former creative director at French fashion house Lanvin, has died from Covid-19, luxury fashion company Richemont confirmed on Sunday. NBC News, "Fashion designer Alber Elbaz dies from Covid-19 at 59," 25 Apr. 2021 Eric McNeal, who is our creative director, actually went to an afterschool program as a kid that had the Black ABCs there. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, "How Topaz Jones Made the Next Great Visual Album," 23 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 2018, The 25-year-old creative became the first Black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover in its 125-year history, in which his subject was Beyonce. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Photographer Tyler Mitchell On Curating Black Protagonist Throughout His Work," 6 Nov. 2020 LADBible spoke with the 61-year-old, pink-haired creative, who owns Mary Rose’s Gallery and Workshop in Gloucestershire, England. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Artist's Home Was Deemed Unsellable Due to Its Bold, Rainbow-Like Decor," 18 June 2020 The 26-year-old Malden creative turned a moving mishap — cherished plates, broken — into a little business. Jenni Todd, BostonGlobe.com, "Ali Chabot," 14 June 2019 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creative. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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
usually disapproving : done in an unusual and often dishonest way

creative

adjective
cre·​a·​tive | \ krē-ˈā-tiv How to pronounce creative (audio) \

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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