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[kree-eyt] /kriˈeɪt/
verb (used with object), created, creating.
to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.
to evolve from one's own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.
Theater. to perform (a role) for the first time or in the first production of a play.
to make by investing with new rank or by designating; constitute; appoint:
to create a peer.
to be the cause or occasion of; give rise to:
The announcement created confusion.
to cause to happen; bring about; arrange, as by intention or design:
to create a revolution; to create an opportunity to ask for a raise.
verb (used without object), created, creating.
to do something creative or constructive.
British. to make a fuss.
Archaic. created.
Origin of create
1350-1400; Middle English creat (past participle) < Latin creātus, equivalent to creā- (stem of creāre to make) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
creatable, adjective
intercreate, verb (used with object), intercreated, intercreating.
self-created, adjective
self-creating, adjective
uncreatable, adjective
uncreated, adjective
2. originate, invent. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for create
  • It has its own art department of about two dozen that create tables, chairs and decorations for the dining room.
  • There are entrepreneurs with faith in themselves and faith in an idea who create new jobs, new wealth and opportunity.
  • In arid lands, the ability to create freshwater out of thin air would be priceless.
  • Press down to create a pouch in the end of the plastic triangle.
  • Use tape to create an ammo basket on top of the bar, and load it with gumballs or other candies.
  • create a compact cabinet with a bulletin-board door.
  • create your own outdoor fort with our step-by-step instructions for making your own backyard tipi.
  • At this speed, a fresh supply of water is coming in to create plenty of supercooled water drops that haven't turned to ice.
  • Ultimately, innovation is what allows an economy to grow quickly and create new jobs as old ones obsolesce and disappear.
  • Each season, a different artistic director will create a single multidisciplinary evening-length piece.
British Dictionary definitions for create


(transitive) to cause to come into existence
(transitive) to invest with a new honour, office, or title; appoint
(transitive) to be the cause of: these circumstances created the revolution
(transitive) to act (a role) in the first production of a play
(intransitive) to be engaged in creative work
(intransitive) (Brit, slang) to make a fuss or uproar
Derived Forms
creatable, adjective
Word Origin
C14 creat created, from Latin creātus, from creāre to produce, make
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Word Origin and History for create

late 14c., from Latin creatus, past participle of creare "to make, bring forth, produce, beget," related to crescere "arise, grow" (see crescent). Related: Created; creating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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