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 facility could have opened to the public earlier, but the creative team has taken advantage of the pandemic to fine-tune the site. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2021 Enter Hot Haus, a new reality show set to air in fall 2021, brought to you by the same creative team behind Slag Wars. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 17 June 2021 Many members of the creative team, including Hudes, were unaware that Chu had something other than that approach planned for the song until the day before the table read. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 15 June 2021 This is because of the film's buzz, anticipation, as well as the creative team and marketing might behind it. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 11 June 2021 Zia, along with producers Vicangelo Bulluck and Paula Madison, will be part of the creative team, as will Donald Young, director of programs for the Center for Asian American Media. Cynthia Silva, NBC News, 10 June 2021 The creative team, led by director Liesl Tommy, remains the same. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 9 June 2021 The creative team were more sensitive about Black representation in their game. Williesha Morris, Wired, 8 June 2021 The star had filmed through most of Riverdale's third season, so the creative team took a moment to decide how to handle his death on-screen. Ew Staff, EW.com, 7 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 The 26-year-old Malden creative turned a moving mishap — cherished plates, broken — into a little business. Jenni Todd, BostonGlobe.com, 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, 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, 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, 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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The first known use of creative was in 1678

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20 Jun 2021

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“Creative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creative. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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

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creatively adverb
creativeness noun

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