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Definition of creative adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[only before noun] involving the use of skill and the imagination to produce something new or a work of art a course on creative writing (= writing stories, plays and poems) the creative and performing arts creative thinking (= thinking about problems in a new way or thinking of new ideas) the company's creative team the creative process
  2. 2having the skill and ability to produce something new, especially a work of art; showing this ability She's very creative—she writes poetry and paints. Do you have any ideas? You're the creative one. 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.
  4. NAmE//ˌkrieɪˈtɪvət̮i//
    noun [uncountable] Creativity and originality are more important than technical skill.
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