create

To create simply means to make or bring into existence. Bakers create cakes, ants create problems at picnics, and you probably created a few imaginary friends when you were little.

Similar to conceive and spawn and the exact opposite of destroy, create is a word that often implies a little bit of imagination. In fact, it takes a lot of creativity to create something spectacular; that is, unless you're a robot, and then your creations occur automatically. Or Mother Nature, where creation just happens naturally: Birds create nests, the tides create waves, and snowstorms create days off from school.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: create

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bring into existence
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v
invest with a new title, office, or rank
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: create
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v bring into existence

“The company was created 25 years ago”
“He created a new movement in painting”
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reinvent
bring back into existence
develop
make something new, such as a product or a mental or artistic creation
carve out
establish or create through painstaking effort
build
give form to, according to a plan

v make or cause to be or to become

create a furor”
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make
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beget, bring forth, engender, father, generate, get, mother, sire
make children
multiply, procreate, reproduce
have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant
regenerate
form or produce anew
clear
make a way or path by removing objects
distil, distill, extract
extract by the process of distillation
derive, educe
develop or evolve from a latent or potential state
froth, spume, suds
make froth or foam and become bubbly
establish, lay down, make
institute, enact, or establish
puncture
make by piercing
twine
make by twisting together or intertwining
cleave
make by cutting into
track
make tracks upon
bring, institute
advance or set forth in court
short, short-circuit
create a short circuit in
re-create
create anew
grind
created by grinding
bring forth, generate
bring into existence
initiate, originate, start
bring into being
give, yield
cause to happen or be responsible for
bring, make for, play, work, wreak
cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
arouse, bring up, call down, call forth, conjure, conjure up, evoke, invoke, put forward, raise, stir
summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
create by mental act, create mentally
create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
make
create by artistic means
actualise, actualize, realise, realize, substantiate
make real or concrete; give reality or substance to
cause, do, make
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
establish, give
bring about
put on, turn in
carry out (performances)
bear, turn out
bring forth, "The apple tree bore delicious apples this year"
create from raw material, create from raw stuff
make from scratch
build, construct, make
make by combining materials and parts
build, establish
build or establish something abstract
assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack, tack together
create by putting components or members together
style
make consistent with a certain fashion or style
strike
produce by ignition or a blow
copy, re-create
make a replica of
create verbally
create with or from words
compose, write
write music
choreograph
compose a sequence of dance steps, often to music
direct
guide the actors in (plays and films)
film
record in film
film-make
make films; be a film maker
recreate
create anew
offset
create an offset in
scrape
make by scraping
bring forth, produce
bring forth or yield
bring about, give rise, produce
cause to happen, occur or exist
press
create by pressing
prepare
to prepare verbally, either for written or spoken delivery
cut
form or shape by cutting or incising
cut
form by probing, penetrating, or digging
raise
create a disturbance, especially by making a great noise
beat
make by pounding or trampling
chop
form or shape by chopping
manufacture
create or produce in a mechanical way
blast, shell
create by using explosives
arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
incorporate
form a corporation
form, organise, organize
create (as an entity)
pompadour
style women's hair in a pompadour
propagate
multiply sexually or asexually
fructify, set
bear fruit
breed, multiply
have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms)
bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have
cause to be born
brood, cover, hatch, incubate
sit on (eggs)
regenerate
replace (tissue or a body part) through the formation of new tissue
moonshine
distill (alcohol) illegally; produce moonshine
manifold
make multiple copies of
reform
produce by cracking
spin off
produce as a consequence of something larger
customise, customize
make according to requirements
initiate, lead up
set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for
determine, influence, mold, regulate, shape
shape or influence; give direction to
draw, make
make, formulate, or derive in the mind
re-create
form anew in the imagination; recollect and re-form in the mind
anathemise, anathemize, bedamn, beshrew, curse, damn, imprecate, maledict
wish harm upon; invoke evil upon
bless
give a benediction to
mark, set
establish as the highest level or best performance
etymologise, etymologize
give the etymology or derivation or suggest an etymology (for a word)
revet
construct a revetment
introduce
bring in or establish in a new place or environment
do, make
create or design, often in a certain way
comfit, confect, confection
make into a confection
come up
bring forth, usually something desirable
develop
generate gradually
set
apply or start
regenerate, renew
reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new
give birth
create or produce an idea
schematize
formulate in regular order; to reduce to a scheme or formula
contrive, devise, excogitate, forge, formulate, invent
come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
formulate
prepare according to a formula
conceive, conceptualise, conceptualize, gestate
have the idea for
concoct, dream up, hatch, think of, think up
devise or invent
fictionalise, fictionalize, retell
make into fiction
conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine
form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case
contrive, design, plan, project
make or work out a plan for; devise
coin, mint, strike
form by stamping, punching, or printing
spin
form a web by making a thread
design, plan
make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form
design
create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner
initiate, pioneer
take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
effect, effectuate, set up
produce
bring on, induce
cause to arise
incarnate
make concrete and real
make
compel or make somebody or something to act in a certain way
occasion
give occasion to
call forth, evoke, kick up, provoke
evoke or provoke to appear or occur
pacify
fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location)
breed, engender, spawn
call forth
actuate, incite, motivate, move, prompt, propel
give an incentive for action
force, impel
urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
seed
bear seeds
crop
yield crops
overbear
bear too much
fruit
bear fruit
make
make by shaping or bringing together constituents
counterfeit, fake, forge
make a copy of with the intent to deceive
dry-wall
construct with drywall
lock
build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels
wattle
build of or with wattle
frame, frame up
construct by fitting or uniting parts together
rebuild, reconstruct
build again
groin
build with groins
cantilever
construct with girders and beams such that only one end is fixed
confuse, jumble, mix up
assemble without order or sense
reassemble
assemble once again, after taking something apart
configure
set up for a particular purpose
compound
create by mixing or combining
forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work
make something, usually for a specific function
dip
place (candle wicks) into hot, liquid wax
erect, put up, raise, rear, set up
construct, build, or erect
rig up
erect or construct, especially as a temporary measure
bake
prepare with dry heat in an oven
brew
prepare by brewing
cook, fix, make, prepare, ready
prepare for eating by applying heat
cook
prepare a hot meal
knit
make (textiles) by knitting
crochet
create by looping or crocheting
knot
make into knots; make knots out of
tissue, weave
create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton
intertwine, tat
make lacework by knotting or looping
interpret, represent
create an image or likeness of
write
create code, write a computer program
imitate
make a reproduction or copy of
trace
copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of
back up
make a copy of (a computer file) especially for storage in another place as a security copy
hectograph
copy on a duplicator
clone
make multiple identical copies of
mimeo, mimeograph
print copies from (a prepared stencil) using a mimeograph
roneo
make copies on a Roneograph
coin
make up
compose, indite, pen, write
produce a literary work
rhyme, rime
compose rhymes
recite, retell
render verbally, "recite a poem"
counterpoint
write in counterpoint
set to music
write (music) for (a text)
arrange, set
adapt for performance in a different way
score
write a musical score for
melodise, melodize
supply a melody for
harmonise, harmonize
write a harmony for
instrument, instrumentate
write an instrumental score for
stage direct
direct for the stage
present, represent, stage
perform (a play), especially on a stage
cinematise, cinematize
make a film of or adopt so as to make into a film
microfilm
record on microfilm
perform
give a performance (of something)
act, play, represent
play a role or part
reenact
enact or perform again
model, simulate
create a representation or model of
play, spiel
replay (as a melody)
induce, induct
produce electric current by electrostatic or magnetic processes
reinvent
create anew and make over
develop, evolve, germinate
work out
publish, write
have (one's written work) issued for publication
program, programme
write a computer program
corduroy
build (a road) from logs laid side by side
sporulate
produce spores
crank out, grind out
produce in a routine or monotonous manner
design
create designs
rough, rough in, rough out
prepare in preliminary or sketchy form
make
gather and light the materials for
channelise, channelize
make a channel for; provide with a channel
facilitate
increase the likelihood of (a response)
construct
create by organizing and linking ideas, arguments, or concepts
construct
create by linking linguistic units
free, liberate, release
release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition
blast
make with or as if with an explosion
manufacture
produce naturally
strike a chord, touch a chord
evoke a reaction, response, or emotion
ask for, invite
increase the likelihood of
draw
elicit responses, such as objections, criticism, applause, etc.
rekindle
arouse again
infatuate
arouse unreasoning love or passion in and cause to behave in an irrational way
prick
to cause a sharp emotional pain
fire up, heat, ignite, inflame, stir up, wake
arouse or excite feelings and passions
excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
excite
arouse or elicit a feeling
anger
make angry
discomfit, discompose, disconcert, untune, upset
cause to lose one's composure
shame
cause to be ashamed
bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound
hurt the feelings of
overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm
overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
interest
excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
express
manifest the effects of (a gene or genetic trait)
regroup, reorganise, reorganize
organize anew, as after a setback
choose up
form sides, as for a game
draw up
form or arrange in order or formation, as of a body of soldiers
regiment
form (military personnel) into a regiment
syndicate
organize into or form a syndicate
lead, leave, result
have as a result or residue
date back, date from, go back
belong to an earlier time

v pursue a creative activity; be engaged in a creative activity

“Don't disturb him--he is creating
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draw
engage in drawing
paint
make a painting
build
be engaged in building
finger-paint
apply colors with one's fingers
stipple
apply (paint) in small dots or strokes
bodypaint
apply paint to a body
fresco
paint onto wet plaster on a wall
distemper
paint with distemper
charge
place a heraldic bearing on
fill in, shade
represent the effect of shade or shadow on
stipple
make by small short touches that together produce an even or softly graded shadow, as in paint or ink
watercolor, watercolour
paint with watercolors
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act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v create by artistic means

create a poem”
“Schoenberg created twelve-tone music”
“Picasso created Cubism”
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make
make, produce
create or manufacture a man-made product
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do, make
create or design, often in a certain way
design
create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner
design
create designs
cut, tailor
style and tailor in a certain fashion
make up
devise or compose
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make
make or cause to be or to become

v create or manufacture a man-made product

Synonyms:
make, produce
make
create by artistic means
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breed
cause to procreate (animals)
make over, redo, refashion, remake
make new
prefabricate
produce synthetically, artificially, or stereotypically and unoriginally
underproduce
produce below capacity or demand
output
to create or manufacture a specific amount
pulsate, pulse
produce or modulate (as electromagnetic waves) in the form of short bursts or pulses or cause an apparatus to produce pulses
clap together, clap up, slap together
make hastily and carelessly
custom-make, customise, customize, tailor-make
make to specifications
dummy, dummy up
make a dummy of
turn out
produce quickly or regularly, usually with machinery
machine
make by machinery
churn out
produce something at a fast rate
overproduce
produce in excess
elaborate
produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product
put out
put out considerable effort
laminate
create laminate by bonding sheets of material with a bonding material
bootleg
produce or distribute illegally
generate
produce (energy)
generate, give, render, return, yield
give or supply
extrude, squeeze out
form or shape by forcing through an opening
smelt
extract (metals) by heating
reproduce
make a copy or equivalent of
preassemble, prefabricate
to manufacture sections of (a building), especially in a factory, so that they can be easily transported to and rapidly assembled on a building site of buildings
fudge together, throw together
produce shoddily, without much attention to detail
print, publish
put into print
confect
make or construct
proof
make or take a proof of, such as a photographic negative, an etching, or typeset
burn, cut
create by duplicating data
mongrelise, mongrelize
cause to become a mongrel
cross, crossbreed, hybridise, hybridize, interbreed
breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties
recast, reforge, remodel
cast or model anew
double, duplicate, reduplicate, repeat, replicate
make or do or perform again
duplicate
make a duplicate or duplicates of
triplicate
reproduce threefold
quadruplicate
reproduce fourfold
reissue, reprint
print anew
photocopy, run off, xerox
reproduce by xerography
play back, replay
reproduce (a recording) on a recorder
copy, imitate, simulate
reproduce someone's behavior or looks
republish
publish again
gazette
publish in a gazette
fingerprint
take an impression of a person's fingerprints
print
make into a print
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v invest with a new title, office, or rank

Create one a peer”
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appoint, charge
assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
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