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verb (used with object), cre·at·ed, cre·at·ing.
  1. to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.
  2. to evolve from one's own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.
  3. Theater. to perform (a role) for the first time or in the first production of a play.
  4. to make by investing with new rank or by designating; constitute; appoint: to create a peer.
  5. to be the cause or occasion of; give rise to: The announcement created confusion.
  6. 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.
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verb (used without object), cre·at·ed, cre·at·ing.
  1. to do something creative or constructive.
  2. British. to make a fuss.
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  1. Archaic. created.
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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 formscre·at·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·cre·ate, verb (used with object), in·ter·cre·at·ed, in·ter·cre·at·ing.self-cre·at·ed, adjectiveself-cre·at·ing, adjectiveun·cre·at·a·ble, adjectiveun·cre·at·ed, adjective

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Related Words for creating

spawn, organize, devise, discover, invent, constitute, shape, design, establish, make, construct, start, build, forge, form, produce, plan, generate, conceive, initiate

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  1. (tr) to cause to come into existence
  2. (tr) to invest with a new honour, office, or title; appoint
  3. (tr) to be the cause ofthese circumstances created the revolution
  4. (tr) to act (a role) in the first production of a play
  5. (intr) to be engaged in creative work
  6. (intr) British slang to make a fuss or uproar
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Derived Formscreatable, adjective

Word Origin for create

C14 creat created, from Latin creātus, from creāre to produce, make
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Word Origin and History for creating



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.

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