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

The Big Tex Choice Awards started in 2005, when fried ice cream was named its most creative dish. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Check out the State Fair of Texas' 10 celebrity foods in the 2019 Big Tex Choice Awards," 14 Aug. 2019 In short, they were seen by many as a model for peaceful and creative civic protest. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Mired in anger and hatred, Hong Kong’s “radical” protesters are seeking a way forward," 14 Aug. 2019 Westfield High School To highlight Spring ISD’s incorporation of the arts and creative learning, Watson stopped by Westfield to meet with the varsity band and choir classes, known in the district for their award-winning performances. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Superintendent’s 1st-day-of-school tour highlights new schools, programs in Spring ISD," 14 Aug. 2019 Not Hugh, of course, nor his daughter, Christie, who was chairwoman and chief executive from 1988 through 2008, nor his son Cooper, who stepped down as chief creative officer in April. Jessica Bennett, New York Times, "Will the Millennials Save Playboy?," 2 Aug. 2019 Stott retired five years ago but King still serves as chief creative officer for the company. Allison Hagan, BostonGlobe.com, "Stonewall Kitchen has a new owner — and bigger ambitions," 1 Aug. 2019 Frazer HarrisonGetty Images Speaking exclusively to Entertainment Weekly, Big Little Lies stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman addressed the idea that season 2 director Andrea Arnold lost creative control. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman React Perfectly to Rumors of 'Big Little Lies' Director Drama," 28 July 2019 Anybody familiar with how television is made, Bloys said, knows it’s not common for directors to receive creative control. oregonlive.com, "HBO boss refutes ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 behind-the-scenes drama, talks ‘Game of Thrones’ criticism," 24 July 2019 TikTok’s short-form videos are designed to sync up to music, and customizable tracks could offer more creative control to users trying to find the perfect beat. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "TikTok owner may have bought Jukedeck, an AI music startup," 23 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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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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