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This page has 15 definitions of create with English translations in 4 languages. Create is a verb, an adjective and participle. Examples of how to use create in a sentence are shown. Also define these 39 related words and terms: existence, generate, annihilate, extinguish, nothing, material, element, raw, unrefined, scattered, combinable, idea, design, invest, new, invent, imitate, cause, occasion, confer, rank, title, nobility, appoint, ordain, constitute, creative, imaginative, originative, theatre, originate, fuss, complain, created, creation, creare, creo, creatus, and creat.

See also: creäte

English create definition

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Etymology

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

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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.
    Synonym: generate
    Antonyms: annihilate, extinguish
    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.
      Synonym: invent
      Antonym: imitate
    • Scattered definition
      simple past tense and past participle of scatter
    • Combinable definition
      Able to be combined.
    • Design definition
      A specification of an object or process, referring to requirements to be satisfied and thus conditions to be met for them to solve a problem. (1 of 8 design definitions)
  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.
    • Rank definition
      The symbol for rank.
    • Appoint definition
      To set, fix or determine (a time or place for something such as a meeting, or the meeting itself) by authority or agreement. (1 of 7 appoint definitions)
  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.
    • Theatre definition
      Alternative spelling of theater
    • Originate definition
      To cause (someone or something) to be; to bring (someone or something) into existence; to produce or initiate a person or thing. (1 of 2 originate definitions)
  6. (Britain, intransitive, colloquial) To make a fuss, complain; to shout.
    • 1972, H. E. Bates, The Song of the Wren
      'What's the time?' she said. 'I must fly. Miss'll start creating.'
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Adjective

create (comparative more create, superlative most create)

  1. (obsolete) Created, resulting from creation.
    • Created definition
      simple past tense and past participle of create

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Italian create definition

Verb

create

  1. second-person plural indicative present of creare
    • Creare definition
      first-person singular pluperfect indicative of crear (1 of 4 creare definitions)
  2. second-person plural imperative of creare

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Latin create definition

Pronunciation

Verb

creāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of creō

Participle

creāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of creātus
    • Creatus definition
      created, having been created, made, having been made, produced, having been produced (1 of 3 creatus definitions)

Middle English create definition

Adjective

create

  1. Alternative form of creat

Verb

create

  1. Alternative form of creat