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

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 Kelli Barrett grew up idolizing Fosse and his creative circle, learning his choreography from a young age, and watching his films over and over, her face inches from the screen. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Fosse/Verdon Finds Its Liza in Kelli Barrett, Who Happens to Be a Minnelli Super-fan," 10 Apr. 2019 Margiela’s Moon and Jacobs’s Mars fall into this dramatic fire sign, which is all about creative self-expression. Alice Bell, Vogue, "What Astrology Tells Us About Martin Margiela’s and Marc Jacobs’s Shared Birthday," 9 Apr. 2019 Doria wore a custom dress and day coat designed by creative directors of Oscar de la Renta, Fernando Garcia, and Laura Kim, Kensington Palace confirmed in a statement. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle's Mom Doria Ragland Sounds Like the Coolest Person Ever," 6 Mar. 2019 Now Slimane is adding interior designer to his CV with the opening of a new concept store at 650 Madison Avenue, the flagship of French fashion house Celine, for which he was appointed creative director in January 2018. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Fashion brand Celine launches new store concept in New York City," 22 Feb. 2019 Collina Strada’s prismatic gazes celebrated creative freedom and imperfection while still feeling purposeful and fun. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Tie-Dye Eye Makeup Will Take You From Fashion Week to Summer Music Festivals," 8 Feb. 2019 When Franklin signed to Atlantic Records, she was given much more creative freedom under the supervision of her producer Jerry Wexler. Estelle Caswell, Vox, "The gospel according to Aretha Franklin," 20 Aug. 2018 The creative team behind Riverdale, including writers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi, will also work on Katy Keene. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Katy Keene: Everything We Know So Far About the Riverdale Spinoff," 12 Mar. 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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