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

Gucci and creative director Alessandro Michele have given their beauty brand, Gucci Beauty, a face lift. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Gucci Beauty Launches Lipsticks for the Cool Kids (That's You)," 8 May 2019 Laure Hériard Dubreuil is the founder and creative director of The Webster, the luxury concept store known for its stylish, often offbeat offerings. Laure Hériard Dubreuil, WSJ, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: What The Webster’s Laure Hériard Dubreuil Recommends," 7 May 2019 Gucci Beauty's new campaign for the launch of 58 lipsticks—the brand’s first cosmetics launch under creative director Alessandro Michele—aims to flip the script on what's considered conventionally beautiful. Glamour, "Does Gucci’s New Lipstick Ad Make You Uncomfortable? Good," 6 May 2019 Front-row tickets to Carolina Herrera's show during New York Fashion Week were up for grabs when creative director Wes Gordon jumped on stage and raised the stakes. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Carolina Herrera Gives Washington Some Real Fashion for a Change," 3 May 2019 Created by the brand's designer and creative director Cean Irminger, KIDDO proves that tile can always use a little extra imagination—and that something as simple as your bathroom tile can spark a whole lot of joy. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "New Ravenna's KIDDO Collection Is the Most Enchanting Tile You'll Ever See," 26 Mar. 2019 Abrams wrote the script with Chris Terrio after the original director, Colin Trevorrow, left the project over creative differences in September 2017. Adam Schubak, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker'," 12 Apr. 2019 Danish architect Bjarke Ingels—founder and creative partner of his eponymous firm, BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)—is well known for projects that defy convention. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Is Oceanix City by Bjarke Ingels the Real-Life Lost Continent of Atlantis?," 12 Apr. 2019 According to the show, these two weren't creative equals but rather Gwen was the backbone to Bob's genius. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Fosse/Verdon Proves It's Time to Cancel the Fragile Male Ego," 10 Apr. 2019

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
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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