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 And yet penetrating those same walls is billed as the most assured pathway to success, so creative sacrifices are often made. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Provocations of Kent Monkman," 21 May 2020 In some of its locations, stores have flexed their creative muscles and transformed their salad bar space into something unique to their store. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "A grocery store chain filled its salad bar with beer, cereal and candy because of coronavirus," 21 May 2020 Vacant churches can be adapted to lots of creative uses since the buildings are designed to have an open floor plan, which makes adding walls easier, and the large square footage allows for the structures to be divided into smaller apartments. oregonlive, "Saving an old Sellwood church to make a home," 21 May 2020 Such a shift might also amount to a repudiation of the notion that creative work demands corporate campuses reminiscent of college, with free food, ping pong tables and open office plans designed to encourage unplanned interactions. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Facebook rolls out plan for remote work hubs in Dallas, Denver, Atlanta," 21 May 2020 Planning these virtual check ins, and giving them a creative twist will give you something to look forward to each week. NBC News, "8 ways to stay mentally and physically strong during COVID-19," 20 May 2020 The studio is offering several online initiatives to bring creative mediums to the safety of DIY-ers' homes. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Quarantine crafting: DIY at home with kits and virtual classes from Phoenix arts studios," 20 May 2020 Instead, the work of Aston's design team, led by chief creative officer Marek Reichman, sucks you in as if it were penned the old-fashioned way—by hand, on a cocktail napkin over a few glasses of brown alcohol. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Aston Martin DB11 AMR Answers to a Higher Power," 20 May 2020 In other parts of the region, turf battles are frequently the norm, leading to more creative efforts to win civilians over. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "A helping hand? Amid pandemic, gangs cast themselves as protectors.," 19 May 2020 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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Time Traveler for creative

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The first known use of creative was in 1678

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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Creative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creative. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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creative

adjective
How to pronounce creative (audio)

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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