verb (used with object), cre·at·ed, cre·at·ing.
- to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes.
- to evolve from one’s own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.
- Theater. to perform (a role) for the first time or in the first production of a play.
- to make by investing with new rank or by designating; constitute; appoint: to create a peer.
- to be the cause or occasion of; give rise to: The announcement created confusion.
- 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.
verb (used without object), cre·at·ed, cre·at·ing.
- to do something creative or constructive.
- British. to make a fuss.
- Archaic. created.
- (tr) to cause to come into existence
- (tr) to invest with a new honour, office, or title; appoint
- (tr) to be the cause ofthese circumstances created the revolution
- (tr) to act (a role) in the first production of a play
- (intr) to be engaged in creative work
- (intr) British slang to make a fuss or uproar
v.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.