• IPA: /kɹiːˈeɪt/

create (creates, present participle creating; 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.
    Synonyms: 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:
        In the beginning God created y{{sup
    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.
      Synonyms: invent
      Antonyms: imitate
  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.
  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.
  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.
  6. (UK, intransitive, colloquial) To make a fuss, complain; to shout.
    • 'What's the time?' she said. 'I must fly. Miss'll start creating.'
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  1. (obsolete) Created, resulting from creation.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 2, scene 2]:
      Hearts create of duty and zeal.
    • 1814, Dante Alighieri, “Canto III”, in H[enry] F[rancis] Cary, transl., The Vision; or, Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise, of Dante Alighieri. [...] In Three Volumes, volume I (Hell), London: Printed for Taylor and Hessey, […], OCLC 559008226 ↗, lines 7–9, page 10 ↗:
      Before me things create were none, save things / Eternal, and eternal I endure. / All hope abandon ye who enter here. [Inscription on the gate of Hell.]

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