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.

Definitions of create
  1. verb
    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
  2. verb
    make or cause to be or to become
    create a furor”
    synonyms: 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
    achieve, beget, 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, pique, 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 through reproduction
    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, incentivize, 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
    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, rattle, 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
    beg the question
    elicit or call to mind a question, especially one that has not yet been addressed
    stoke
    increase or intensify an emotion or response
  3. verb
    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)
  4. verb
    create by artistic means
    create a poem”
    “Schoenberg created twelve-tone music”
    “Picasso created Cubism”
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    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
  5. verb
    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
    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
  6. verb
    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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