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



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

Other Words from creative


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While the camera the festival uses that normally shows on the creative team’s gracious reaction after the movie, and helps to keep the applause rolling, wasn’t working, the response was quiet even before the technical snafu. Zack Sharf, Variety, 23 May 2022 The show played the 2,800-seat Connor Palace five years ago, not long after making history by becoming the first musical on Broadway with an all-female lead creative team. cleveland, 22 May 2022 The California federal court system experiences a new first, and a small but mighty creative team takes on the model minority myth. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 20 May 2022 The creative team includes fight Choreography by David Anzuelo, voice and dialect coaching by Joy Lanceta Coronel and dramaturgy by Miss Hazel Jade. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 19 May 2022 With that metaphor of burying acorns for possible future growth in mind, the creative team behind the app tapped Walken to voice the character of a no-nonsense New York City squirrel to get ordinary people to start investing for their future. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 May 2022 Like Chow and Kennedy, Obi-Wan writer Joby Harold draws a distinction between what the creative team is doing on this show and linking up too much with the ones that have come before. Dalton Ross,, 17 May 2022 And that, without question, describes The Righteous Gemstones, the latest (and still ongoing) series from the Danny McBride/Jody Hill/David Gordon Green creative team. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 17 May 2022 Usually, when a Broadway show is struggling to survive, its producers will often ask members of the creative team to reduce, defer, or waive their royalties in an effort to lower the weekly operating costs. Marc Hershberg, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The culinary creative is the daughter of a Black-American father and a South Korean mother and says she was made in Korea, born in New York City, and raised in Atlanta. Tiffani Rozier, Essence, 7 Jan. 2022 Ironically, as in many cases with successful brand, a Black creative was the prime protagonist to its success. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 3 Dec. 2021 London’s international reach is important for Kershen Teo, a Singaporean creative who settled in the city after coming to study in his twenties. Alexander Freeling, Robb Report, 22 Dec. 2021 These are some of the ways people have described Virgil Abloh after it was announced that the 41-year-old creative died on Sunday following a private two-year battle with cancer. Irina Grechko,, 30 Nov. 2021 The professional creative, who was previously featured in Essence, brandished his collection of metal bracelets to reflect perseverance through the hard times of the pandemic and racial inequality. Essence, 27 Sep. 2021 Each year, the award recognizes a creative who has excelled at their craft and made an outstanding contribution to cinema and entertainment. Pat Saperstein, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 18 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of creative


1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for creative


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


derivative of creative entry 1

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27 May 2022

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“Creative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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