1 the action or process of bringing something into existence: the creation of a coalition government | job creation.
• a thing that has been made or invented, esp. something showing artistic talent: she treats fictional creations as if they were real people.
2 ( the Creation )the bringing into of existence of the universe, esp. when regarded as an act of God.
• everything so created; the universe: our alienation from the rest of Creation.
3 the action or process of investing someone with a new rank or title.
ORIGIN late Middle English: via Old French from Latin creatio(n-), from the verb creare (see create) .
verb [ with obj. ]
bring (something) into existence: he created a thirty-acre lake | over 170 jobs were created.
• cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions: divorce only created problems for children.
• (of an actor) originate (a role) by playing a character for the first time.
• [ with obj. and complement ] invest (someone) with a new rank or title: he was created a baronet.
ORIGIN late Middle English (in the sense ‘form out of nothing,’ used of a divine or supernatural being): from Latin creat- ‘produced,’ from the verb creare .
the action or process of innovating.
• a new method, idea, product, etc.: technological innovations designed to save energy.
ORIGIN late Middle English: from Latin innovatio(n-), from the verb innovare (see innovate) .
verb [ no obj. ]
make changes in something established, esp. by introducing new methods, ideas, or products: the company’s failure to diversify and innovate competitively.
• [ with obj. ] introduce (something new, esp. a product): innovating new products, developing existing ones.
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from Latin innovat- ‘renewed, altered,’ from the verb innovare, from in- ‘into’ + novare ‘make new’ (from novus ‘new’).