Definition of create in English:

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Pronunciation: /krēˈāt/


[with object]
1Bring (something) into existence: he created a thirty-acre lake over 170 jobs were created
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  • Mayo County Council have done an exemplary job in creating this trail and bringing the visual arts to the people.
  • His paintings are attempts at getting outside of time, at creating timeless icons of existence.
  • In an effort to justify their existence they create documents that only a fool would sign without modifying it.
produce, generate, bring into being, make, fabricate, fashion, build, construct;
design, devise, originate, frame, develop, shape, form, forge
establish, found, initiate, institute, constitute, inaugurate, launch, set up, form, organize, develop
1.1Cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions: divorce only created problems for children
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  • It is a prime cause of substance abuse and divorce and can ultimately create a state of tension and chaos in the office and at home.
  • That diversity creates a community that fosters interaction more than competition.
  • Doing so fosters new entrepreneurs, creates good feelings, builds the brand, and engenders loyalty.
bring about, give rise to, lead to, result in, cause, breed, generate, engender, produce, make for, promote, foster, sow the seeds of, contribute to
1.2(Of an actor) originate (a role) by playing a character for the first time.
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  • And it was fantastic to watch our great actors create such magnificent characters.
  • Every single one of these actors created a memorable character with their very screen presence.
  • The three principal actors are thanked for creating wonderfully complex characters with real motivations and emotions.
1.3 [with object and complement] Invest (someone) with a new rank or title: he was created a baronet
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  • In 1681, sixteen days after the death of the previous holder of the title, he was created earl of Nottingham.
  • He was created a baronet in 1885 and elected president of the RA in 1896.
  • On returning to England in 1902 he was created Viscount Kitchener and was appointed commander in chief in India.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'form out of nothing', used of a divine or supernatural being): from Latin creat- 'produced', from the verb creare.

Words that rhyme with create

abate, ablate, aerate, ait, await, backdate, bait, bate, berate, castrate, collate, conflate, crate, cremate, date, deflate, dictate, dilate, distraite, donate, downstate, eight, elate, equate, estate, fate, fête, fixate, freight, frustrate, gait, gate, gestate, gradate, grate, great, gyrate, hate, hydrate, inflate, innate, interrelate, interstate, irate, Kate, Kuwait, lactate, late, locate, lustrate, mandate, mate, migrate, misdate, misstate, mistranslate, mutate, narrate, negate, notate, orate, ornate, Pate, placate, plate, prate, prorate, prostrate, pulsate, pupate, quadrate, rate, rotate, sate, sedate, serrate, short weight, skate, slate, spate, spectate, spruit, stagnate, state, straight, strait, Tate, tête-à-tête, Thwaite, translate, translocate, transmigrate, truncate, underrate, understate, underweight, update, uprate, upstate, up-to-date, vacate, vibrate, wait, weight

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Syllabification: cre·ate

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