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[ kree-ey-tiv ]

/ kriˈeɪ tɪv /

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having the quality or power of creating.

resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative: creative writing.

originative; productive (usually followed by of).

Facetious. using or creating exaggerated or skewed data, information, etc.: creative bookkeeping.



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Origin of creative

First recorded in 1670–80; create + -ive


cre·a·tive·ly, adverbcre·a·tive·ness, nounan·ti·cre·a·tive, adjectivean·ti·cre·a·tive·ly, adverb

an·ti·cre·a·tive·ness, nounnon·cre·a·tive, adjectivenon·cre·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·cre·a·tive·ness, nounsub·cre·a·tive, adjectivesub·cre·a·tive·ly, adverbsub·cre·a·tive·ness, nounun·cre·a·tive, adjectiveun·cre·a·tive·ly, adverbun·cre·a·tive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Words related to creative

gifted, ingenious, innovative, inventive, original, productive, prolific, visionary, originative, clever, cool, demiurgic, deviceful, fertile, hip, innovational, inspired, leading-edge, stimulating, way-out

How to use creative in a sentence

  • When Shana Tinkle was finishing high school, it was more or less “a rite of passage” to go on and get a bachelor’s degree, she said — in her case, in creative writing from Brown University.

    More people with bachelor’s degrees go back to school to learn skilled trades|Jon Marcus|November 20, 2020|Washington Post

  • This winter, we’ll all need to get creative with our fueling, but it shouldn’t be too hard.

    How COVID-19 Could Actually Be Good for Skiing|Marc Peruzzi|November 20, 2020|Outside Online

  • The insights may lead advertisers to tailor their campaign creative specifically to when an ad would run on CTV.

    How YouTube is working to focus advertisers’ attentions on its connected TV inventory|Tim Peterson|November 19, 2020|Digiday

  • The competition has led to some rather creative marketing ploys.

    Free money, big addictions: Inside the booming world of online sports betting|Brett Haensel|November 15, 2020|Fortune

  • Long story short, I ended up building my own creative production studio that worked with everyone from early stage startups to Google and Facebook.

    The boutique aperitif brand finding favor with millennials making more cocktails at home|Rachel King|November 15, 2020|Fortune

  • If one of them gets stuck creatively we tear it down and rebuild it in their own image.

    Taylor Swift’s Secret Music Man: Max Martin, Elusive Hitmaker|Debra A. Klein|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • They were supportive creatively for us doing something unique.

    The TV Superhero Guru Behind ‘The Flash’|Jason Lynch|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Lonergan has endured a creatively brutal time since the success of This Is Our Youth.

    Michael Cera Brings ‘This Is Our Youth’ to Broadway After 18 Years|Tom Teodorczuk|September 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Creatively, I admire people like [Jean] Debuffet and Isamu Noguchi.

    Lina Viktor Is the Artist Who Paints With Gold|Erin Cunningham|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • For me, Bobin and I wrote the script together and we accomplished exactly what we wanted to accomplish creatively.

    The Unheralded Comedy Genius: Nicholas Stoller on ‘Neighbors,’ Zac Efron’s ‘Darkness,’ and Diddy|Marlow Stern|May 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • To estimate and interpret the work of an artist is to be creatively just to him.

    Auguste Rodin|Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Religion never has been an independent force acting from outside creatively to mold the mores or the ideas of men.

    Folkways|William Graham Sumner

  • The Italian genius is not creatively imaginative in the highest sense.

    Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series|John Addington Symonds

  • The artists intuition must be understood, by a mind that follows it creatively; even if its creation be at times over-ingenious.

    Beauty and the Beast|Stewart A. McDowall

  • Having chosen this way, we are called upon to do it effectively, creatively.

    An Interpretation of Friends Worship|N. Jean Toomer

British Dictionary definitions for creative


/ (kriːˈeɪtɪv) /


having the ability to create

characterized by originality of thought; having or showing imaginationa creative mind

designed to or tending to stimulate the imaginationcreative toys

characterized by sophisticated bending of the rules or conventionscreative accounting


a creative person, esp one who devises advertising campaigns

Derived forms of creative

creatively, adverbcreativeness, nouncreativity, noun

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Creative Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

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cre·​a·​tive krē-ˈā-tiv 



: marked by the ability or power to create: given to creating

the creative impulse

a creative genius


: having the quality of something created rather than imitated : imaginative

the creative arts

creative writing


: managed so as to get around legal or conventional limits

creative financing

also : deceptively arranged so as to conceal or defraud

creative accounting

creatively adverb

creativeness noun


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: one who is creative

especially : one involved in the creation of advertisements


: creative activity or the material produced by it especially in advertising



  • clever
  • imaginative
  • ingenious
  • innovational
  • innovative
  • innovatory
  • inventive
  • original
  • originative
  • Promethean

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Example Sentences

Adjective She's a very creative person. She has one of the most creative minds in the business. They've come up with some creative new ways to make money. a creative solution to a difficult problem He teaches creative writing at the university. the first step in the creative process It turns out that the company's report of record profits last year was due to some creative accounting. See More

Recent Examples on the Web

For the British Fashion Awards, Pugh donned an unbelievable red Valentino gown, designed by the house's creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli. —Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 30 Dec. 2022 He was known for being an American fashion journalist, stylist, creative director, and editor-at-large of Vogue magazine. —The Editors, Town & Country, 29 Dec. 2022 Stephani Smith, founder and creative director of Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering in Maui, turned to chamomile flowers to flavor this delicate cocktail. —Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 29 Dec. 2022 Among them: Justin Irvine, the creative director of luxe slipper label Stubbs & Wootton. —Brad Lanphear, Men's Health, 28 Dec. 2022 Days after the campaign came under fire, Demna, the brand’s creative director, posted on his Instagram, personally apologizing for the images. —Carly Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Dec. 2022 Longbranch launched in 2018, two years after McConaughey was named creative director at the Wild Turkey Distillery. —Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 22 Dec. 2022 For John Pendelton, founder and creative director of Planks & Pistils design studio in Chicago, tWitch’s death hit close to home. —L'oreal Thompson Payton, Fortune, 22 Dec. 2022 As for the colors currently on the trend forecast, Brittany Farinas, creative director of House of One, says dark purples are coming in hot. —Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Dec. 2022

The culinary creative is the daughter of a Black-American father and a South Korean mother and says she was made in Korea, born in New York City, and raised in Atlanta. —Tiffani Rozier, Essence, 7 Jan. 2022 Ironically, as in many cases with successful brand, a Black creative was the prime protagonist to its success. —Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 3 Dec. 2021 London’s international reach is important for Kershen Teo, a Singaporean creative who settled in the city after coming to study in his twenties. —Alexander Freeling, Robb Report, 22 Dec. 2021 These are some of the ways people have described Virgil Abloh after it was announced that the 41-year-old creative died on Sunday following a private two-year battle with cancer. —Irina Grechko,, 30 Nov. 2021 The professional creative, who was previously featured in Essence, brandished his collection of metal bracelets to reflect perseverance through the hard times of the pandemic and racial inequality.Essence, 27 Sep. 2021 Each year, the award recognizes a creative who has excelled at their craft and made an outstanding contribution to cinema and entertainment. —Pat Saperstein, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 In 2018, The 25-year-old creative became the first Black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover in its 125-year history, in which his subject was Beyonce. —Nandi Howard, Essence, 6 Nov. 2020 LADBible spoke with the 61-year-old, pink-haired creative, who owns Mary Rose’s Gallery and Workshop in Gloucestershire, England. —Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 18 June 2020 See More

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Word History



borrowed from Medieval Latin creātīvus, from Latin creātus, past participle of creāre "to beget, give birth to, create entry 1" + -īvus -ive


derivative of creative entry 1

First Known Use


1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of creative was in 1678

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: able to create especially new and original things


: showing or requiring imagination

creative writing

creatively adverb

creativeness noun





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Creative essay: definition, structure, topics

An essay is a prose essay of small volume and free composition. In this genre, the author expresses a personal opinion on a particular topic, backing it up with relevant arguments, but does not claim to be an exhaustive interpretation of the subject.

What is a creative essay

As a type of academic work, essays are assigned in various subjects: social science, history, psychology, sometimes in mathematics or physics, but most often in Russian language and literature. Teachers of these disciplines often ask students to prepare a creative essay - an informal work, passed through itself, close in essence to fiction. nine0003

What does a creative essay consist of

The plan of a creative essay includes 3 points:

  1. The first part is an introduction, in which the main thesis of the work should be defined.
  2. The second is the main part where you need to develop the thought.
  3. The third is the conclusion, where you need to clearly formulate the conclusion defined at the beginning of the work.
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Topics for creative essays

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The future of the country is my future. "When the mind and the heart are not in harmony?" (A. S. Griboyedov) Do you agree with D. S. Likhachev's statement that "every person should take care of his intellectual development"?
“In dialogue with life, it is not the question that matters, but our answer” (M. I. Tsvetaeva) Personality begins with love. nine0040 Do you agree with the statement that the fate of the book is decided by the reader?
Is it possible to compromise between tradition and progress? My education is my capital. Creativity in my future profession.
Is silence always a sign of consent? My favorite character of the Russian Silver Age. Man and nature - part and whole.
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Are books a thing of the past? Communication is impossible without a culture of speech? What is victory for me?

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To prepare a good work, you need to know the characteristic features of a creative essay:

  • a specific topic that can be covered as part of a short work; nine0026
  • brevity;
  • expression of subjective author's position;
  • presence of argumentation;
  • presentation logic.

Despite the fact that free composition is used in the essay, this work should not become a stream of thoughts, it is necessary to concisely and clearly state your position on the topic and argue it.

Based on this, the main tips for writing a creative essay:

  1. Choose a topic in which you are best versed. Even if it will not be too creative, the main thing is that you have your own idea about this issue. nine0026
  2. Reflect your own opinion on the issue raised.
  3. Do not use too complex and incomprehensible terms, alternate short and long sentences to make the text easier to read.
  4. Support it with evidence (historical facts, examples from art, media materials, statistics, personal experience).
  5. Make sure that the conclusion and introduction do not contradict each other, follow the logic of presentation.

As for the formatting rules, it is best to use the standard setting: Times New Roman font 14 pt, one and a half line spacing, justified alignment, paragraph indentation - 1. 25 cm.

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step-by-step instructions on where to start and how to improve the skill, tips from professionals

Writing is any form of writing designed to inform, incite or persuade readers. It includes fiction, poetry, lyrics, screenplays, advertising texts, biographies, and anything that combines these elements. While creative writing is an inborn skill, it can be learned. There are several ways to learn creative writing. nine0003

Getting Started

If someone wants to effectively formulate his thoughts, then follow this plan of action:

  1. Write down every thought that comes to your mind about the topic - it can be in random order.
  2. Do this until you are satisfied that you have come up with a quality text.
  3. Now organize and summarize your thoughts.
  4. Essentially, this means separating your ideas from the main topic (your text) in order to cover the whole range of thoughts in your outline. nine0026
  5. Once you understand the purpose of writing the text, your thought pattern will go in the right direction.

3 steps to learn how to write texts

To write texts, it is not necessary to have a philological education. It is enough to be literate, well-read and hardworking. The following is a step-by-step guide on how to learn how to write good texts.

Form and style of writing

Decide which form and style of writing interests you the most. You may be interested in several forms of writing, but it's usually best to start with one form or several similar ones before moving on to other areas:0003

  1. To determine where to start, consider what interests you the most. If you enjoy a particular genre of fiction, such as science fiction, and imagine how you would write that story differently, you can start by learning to write in that genre.
  2. You might also want to do a little writing project that interests you the most, like a short story or novel instead of an epic trilogy, or some good songs instead of a concept album. nine0026


Take a creative writing class. Creative writing lessons are available at multiple locations:

  1. Campuses. Many colleges and universities offer the opportunity to earn a graduate or professional degree in creative writing. These classes are usually taught by full-time or adjunct professors and last for a full semester.
  2. Seminars. These are short one-day or two-day sessions that can be held at a community center or organization at the writer's location. These lessons are usually taught by experienced writers. nine0026
  3. Online. Four-year or community colleges may offer interactive creative writing classes as an outreach program, or organizations solely dedicated to teaching writing online. Some classes may be offered free of charge while others charge a fee.
  4. Freelance. You can learn how to write texts online, while earning money.

Reading books

Read books that cover a number of topics:

  1. General practice books teach the basics of creative writing. These books may contain methods to stimulate your creativity, give advice on how to structure your writing time, or work with agents and publishers.
  2. Technique-specific books teach specific writing techniques that can be applied to many genres of writing.
  3. Genre-specific books teach how to write in a particular genre, such as commercial, fantasy, or romance. nine0026
  4. Genre guides provide information writers need to know in order to create realistic moments for their stories in this genre.
  5. Keep an eye on writing blogs and podcasts. A number of authors express their opinion about the letter in the form of a blog or podcast. You can find authors who write in your area of ​​interest and either bookmark their blogs or download their podcasts to watch at your leisure.
  6. Join a group of writers. Writer groups provide an opportunity to network with other authors to share both methods and opportunities to promote your work. nine0026
  7. Practice. Regardless of which formal or informal methods you choose to teach creative writing, the surest way to improve your skills is to write regularly and often, applying what you've learned from the methods listed above.

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