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Definition of creature noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a living thing, real or imaginary, that can move around, such as an animal The dormouse is a shy, nocturnal creature. respect for all living creatures strange creatures from outer space
  2. 2(especially following an adjective) a person, considered in a particular way You pathetic creature! She was an exotic creature with long red hair and brilliant green eyes. He always goes to bed at ten—he's a creature of habit (= he likes to do the same things at the same time every day).
  3. Idioms
    a/the creature of somebody, somebody's creature (formal) (disapproving)
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    a person or thing that depends completely on someone else and is controlled by them
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