[ kree-eyt ]
/ kriˈeɪt /
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verb (used with object), cre·at·ed, cre·at·ing.
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), cre·at·ed, cre·at·ing.
to do something creative or constructive.
British. to make a fuss.
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Origin of create
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English creat (past participle), from Latin creātus, equivalent to creā- (stem of creāre “to make”) + -tus past participle suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM createcre·at·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·cre·ate, verb (used with object), in·ter·cre·at·ed, in·ter·cre·at·ing.self-cre·at·ing, adjectiveun·cre·at·a·ble, adjective
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How to use create in a sentence
The old alchemists, who thought that gold was decomposable and therefore creatable, shrank from the idea of producing the diamond.The Alkahest|Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for create
/ (kriːˈeɪt) /
(tr) to cause to come into existence
(tr) to invest with a new honour, office, or title; appoint
(tr) to be the cause ofthese circumstances created the revolution
(tr) to act (a role) in the first production of a play
(intr) to be engaged in creative work
(intr) British slang to make a fuss or uproar
Derived forms of createcreatable, adjective
Word Origin for create
C14 creat created, from Latin creātus, from creāre to produce, make
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