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Definition of create verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they create
    he / she / it creates
    past simple created
    -ing form creating
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  1. 1create something to make something happen or exist Scientists disagree about how the universe was created. The main purpose of industry is to create wealth. The government plans to create more jobs for young people. Create a new directory and put all your files into it. Try this new dish, created by our head chef. Thesaurusmakedo create develop produce generate formThese words all mean to make something from parts or materials, or to cause something to exist or happen.make to create or prepare something by combining materials or putting parts together; to cause something to exist or happen:She makes her own clothes. She made a good impression on the (somewhat informal) to make or prepare something, especially something artistic or something to eat:He did a beautiful drawing of a house. Who's doing the food for the party?create to make something exist or happen, especially something new that did not exist before:Scientists disagree about how the universe was created.make or create?Make is a more general word and is more often used for physical things: you would usually make a table/dress/cake but create jobs/wealth. You can use create for something physical in order to emphasize how original or unusual the object is:Try this new dish, created by our head chef.develop (used especially in business contexts) to think of and produce a new product:to develop new softwareproduce to make things to be sold; to create something using skill:a factory that produces microchipsgenerate to produce or create something, especially power, money, or ideas:to generate electricity Brainstorming is a good way of generating ideas.form [often passive] to make something from something else; to make something into something else:Rearrange the letters to form a new word. The chain is formed from 136 links.Patterns to make/create/develop/produce/generate/form something from/out of something to make/form something into something to make/produce wine/cheese to create/develop a new product to create/produce/generate income/profits/wealth to produce/generate electricity/heat/power
  2. 2create something to produce a particular feeling or impression The company is trying to create a young energetic image. The announcement only succeeded in creating confusion. The reorganization has created a lot of bad feeling. They've painted it red to create a feeling of warmth.
  3. AWL Collocationscreatecreate verban/the ability toE-commerce advocates were overly optimistic about the ability of new technology to create more efficient markets.attempt to, strive to, try to be able to combine toThrough her analysis, Vickery attempts to create an understanding of the 18th century home.job atmosphere, environment opportunity illusion, image, impression sense condition problemFirms have to create an atmosphere of trust in order to produce effectively.newly artificiallyHoffman Island and Swinburne Island are two artificially created islands in New York harbor.creation nounwealth jobCreativity, knowledge, and agility are the catalysts of wealth creation. The study found that only a small proportion of firms are able to expand sufficiently to provide job creation.spur oversee facilitate fosterWithin three years, however, Truman had overseen the creation of a central intelligence service. The evolution of communication technology has facilitated the creation of a global society.creative adjectivegenuinely, truly highlyResearch suggests that highly creative boys are more communicative than their peers.thinking genius process solution peopleMelville had a singular admiration for Milton as a poet and creative genius.creativity nounartistic, intellectual, musical humanResearchers have unearthed engravings created more than 70,000 years ago, which are the earliest evidence of human creativity.stifle nurture fosterThe most effective way to stifle creativity is to make people feel that they have no discretion and autonomy. The organization design of the corporation has to remain flexible to foster creativity.
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