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


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


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

  1. (transitive) To bring into existence.
    According to the Bible, God created the universe in six days.
    You can create the color orange by mixing yellow and red.
    • 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.
    • 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 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 design, invest with a new form, shape, etc.
    Couturiers create exclusive garments for an affluent clientele.
    • 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.
  3. (intransitive) To be creative, imaginative.
    Children usually enjoy creating, never mind if it is of any use!
  4. (transitive) To cause, bring a (non-object) about by action.
    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.
  5. (transitive) To confer a title of nobility, not by descent, but by giving a title either initiated or restored for the incumbent.
    Henry VIII created him a Duke.
  6. (transitive) To confer a cardinalate, which can not be inherited, but most often bears a pre‐existent title (notably a church in Rome).
    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.
  7. (intransitive, colloquial) To make a fuss, complain; to shout.


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


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create (comparative more create, superlative most create)

  1. (archaic) Created, resulting from creation.
    • Shakespeare
      Hearts create of duty and zeal.


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  1. second-person plural indicative present of creare
  2. second-person plural imperative of creare