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verb [transitive] create pronunciation in British English /kriˈeɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecreating
past tensecreated
past participlecreated
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  1. 1
    to make something new or original that did not exist before
    How do I create a new file?
    In the last week, 170 new jobs have been created.
    the story of how God created the world
    newly/specially/recently etc created: the newly created post of general secretary
    1. a.
      to cause a situation, feeling, or problem to exist
      Soft music creates a relaxing atmosphere.
      His comments have created a lot of confusion.
      The main road was closed, creating traffic problems.
      create an impression (=make someone think about you in a particular way): I really wanted to create a good impression at the start of the interview.
    2. b.
      to make something such as a work of art
      The choreographers had to create a whole new ballet.
      These hairstyles were created by ‘Toni and Guy’.
  2. 2
    to officially give someone a title
    create someone something: De Burgh was created a marquess in 1825.


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