from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause to exist; bring into being. See Synonyms at found1.
  • transitive v. To give rise to; produce: That remark created a stir.
  • transitive v. To invest with an office or title; appoint.
  • transitive v. To produce through artistic or imaginative effort: create a poem; create a role.
  • adj. Archaic Created.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To put into existence.
  • v. To design, invest with a new form, shape, etc.
  • v. To be creative, imaginative.
  • v. To cause, bring a (non-object) about by action.
  • v. To confer a title of nobility, not by descent, but by giving a title either initiated or restored for the incumbent.
  • v. To confer a cardinalate, which can not be inherited, but most often bears a pre‐existent title (notably a church in Rome).
  • adj. Created, resulting from creation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Created; composed; begotten.
  • transitive v. To bring into being; to form out of nothing; to cause to exist.
  • transitive v. To effect by the agency, and under the laws, of causation; to be the occasion of; to cause; to produce; to form or fashion; to renew.
  • transitive v. To invest with a new form, office, or character; to constitute; to appoint; to make.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bring into being; cause to exist; specifically, to produce without the prior existence of the material used, or of other things like the thing produced; produce out of nothing.
  • To make or produce from crude or scattered materials; bring into form; embody: as, Peter the Great created the city of St. Petersburg; Palladio created a new style of architecture.
  • To make or form by investing with a new character or functions; ordain; constitute; appoint: as, to create one a peer.
  • To be the occasion of; bring about; cause; produce.
  • To beget; generate; bring forth.
  • To originate; engage in originative action.
  • Begotten; composed; created.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bring into existence
  • v. create or manufacture a man-made product
  • v. create by artistic means
  • v. invest with a new title, office, or rank
  • v. make or cause to be or to become
  • v. pursue a creative activity; be engaged in a creative activity


Middle English createn, from Latin creāre, creāt-; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English createn, from Latin creātus, the perfect passive participle of creō. (Wiktionary)


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