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Etymology

From Middle English createn, borrowed from Latin creātus, the perfect passive participle of creō.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kɹiːˈeɪt/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪt

Verb

create (third-person singular simple present creates, present participle creating, simple past and past participle created)

  1. (transitive) To bring into existence; (sometimes in particular:)
    You can create the color orange by mixing yellow and red.
    • 1829, Thomas Tully Crybbace, An Essay on Moral Freedom:
      [...] God created man a moral agent.
    • 2012 March-April, Terrence J. Sejnowski, “Well-connected Brains”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 171:
      Creating a complete map of the human connectome would therefore be a monumental milestone but not the end of the journey to understanding how our brains work.
    • 2013 June 21, Oliver Burkeman, “The tao of tech”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 2, page 48:
      The dirty secret of the internet is that all this distraction and interruption is immensely profitable. Web companies like to boast about "creating compelling content", [] "share the things you love with the world" and so on. But the real way to build a successful online business is to be better than your rivals at undermining people's control of their own attention.
    1. (especially of a god) To bring into existence out of nothing, without the prior existence of the materials or elements used.
      • 1560, [William Whittingham et al., transl.], The Bible and Holy Scriptures Conteyned in the Olde and Newe Testament. [] (the Geneva Bible), Geneva: Printed by Rouland Hall, OCLC 557472409, Genesis I:1, folio 1, recto:
        In the beginning God created ye heauen and the earth. And the earth was without forme & voyde, and darkenes was vpon the depe, & the Spirit of God moued vpon the waters.
    2. To make or produce from other (e.g. raw, unrefined or scattered) materials or combinable elements or ideas; to design or invest with a new form, shape, function, etc.
      Couturiers create exclusive garments for an affluent clientele.
      • 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52:
        From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. [] But viewed from high up in one of the growing number of skyscrapers in Sri Lanka’s capital, it is clear that something extraordinary is happening: China is creating a shipping hub just 200 miles from India’s southern tip.
  2. (transitive) To cause, to bring (a non-object) about by an action, behavior, or event, to occasion.
    crop failures created food shortages and high prices; his stubbornness created many difficulties
    A sudden chemical spill on the highway created a chain‐collision which created a record traffic jam.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      The turmoil went on—no rest, no peace. [] It was nearly eleven o'clock now, and he strolled out again. In the little fair created by the costers' barrows the evening only seemed beginning; and the naphtha flares made one's eyes ache, the men's voices grated harshly, and the girls' faces saddened one.
  3. (transitive) To confer or invest with a rank or title of nobility, to appoint, ordain or constitute.
    Henry VIII created him a Duke.   Last month, the queen created two barons.
    Under the concordate with Belgium, at least one Belgian clergyman must be created cardinal; by tradition, every archbishop of Mechelen is thus created a cardinal.
  4. (intransitive) To be or do something creative, imaginative, originative.
    Children usually enjoy creating, never mind if it is of any use!
  5. (transitive) In theatre, to be the first performer of a role; to originate a character.
  6. (intransitive, colloquial) To make a fuss, complain; to shout.

Synonyms

  • (to put into existence): generate
  • (to design, invest with a new form, shape): invent

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Adjective

create (comparative more create, superlative most create)

  1. (obsolete) Created, resulting from creation.

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Adjective

create

  1. Alternative form of creat

Verb

create

  1. Alternative form of creat