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

What seems to set Burnham apart from the other creative forces of his age is his high empathy quotient. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "How Bo Burnham Turns Anxiety Into a Work of Art," 12 July 2018 What has commonly just been known as having a second job is becoming a regular practice among people trying make a little extra, and as the demand for more income grows, so does the creative ways people attain it. Kat Hnatyshyn, kansascity, "The secret to finding a good side hustle," 12 July 2018 His following is gigantic and people are going to gravitate to his charisma and his natural, creative way of communication. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Grading Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s first NASCAR race broadcasts," 11 July 2018 The Hidden Flag, is yet another creative way to take a stand and bring light to the plight of LGBTQ people living in Russia. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Activists Use the World Cup to Challenge Russia's Anti-LGBTQ Policies," 11 July 2018 But other entities less traditionally associated with sports are finding creative ways to capitalize on the World Cup fever to bring in new clientele. Dylan Jackson, miamiherald, "It's not just bars. From art museums to fundraisers, Miami has World Cup fever," 10 July 2018 And with 40 to 50 percent of adults napping on a regular basis, Mednick said, that leads to some creative ways to sneak in a workday snooze, such as workers going to their cars, a park bench, the library or a coffee shop to nod off discreetly. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Office napping climbs out from under the desk and into high-tech pods," 5 July 2018 Browse the photos above for chefs and bartenders' creative takes on watermelon in South Carolina and beyond, and see more summer fun below. Ashley Day, USA TODAY, "July's juiciest watermelon specials," 2 July 2018 Mr Dixon points to services that manage data in creative ways, for instance extracting insights from digital information while letting consumers and companies keep control of their data. The Economist, "Raiders of the killer dappBlockchain technology may offer a way to re-decentralise the internet," 28 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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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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