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 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 Tauruses are said to be strong, dependable, and creative, among other things. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby Will Likely Have the Same Zodiac Sign as Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and the Queen," 10 Mar. 2019 To get really creative, sport a pretty-in-pink manicure with some easy DIY Easter nail designs. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "The Real Meaning Behind the Colors of Easter," 8 Mar. 2019 Here was my potter, throwing every ounce of his creative chutzpah into the reimagining of our home. Simon Doonan, ELLE Decor, "Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan Give Their Greenwich Village Home a Glitz Makeover," 8 Mar. 2019 In another significant move, a programming czar has been put in place to guide the creative operations at HBO, Turner and a new streaming service WarnerMedia is launching later this year. ... Joe Flint, WSJ, "AT&T Breaks Up Turner, Bulks Up Warner Bros. in Major WarnerMedia Overhaul," 4 Mar. 2019 Because of its experimental and limited nature, the SpaceX team could get a little more creative with the design. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Reveals SpaceX's New Retro Test Rocket," 11 Jan. 2019 Few other MMOs dare to be so creative in their game design, and that’s a legacy that goes all the way back to 2012 when ArenaNet entranced us with dynamic events that broke free of EverQuest-style quest design. Leif Johnson, PCWorld, "Check out this exclusive look at Guild Wars 2's jaw-dropping Infernal Leap roller beetle track," 26 Nov. 2018 Still, Channing is determined to stay busy being creative. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Carol Channing reveals she refused to say the F-word for laughs," 19 July 2018

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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