Definition of creative in English:

creative

adjective

  • 1Relating to or involving the use of the imagination or original ideas to create something.

    ‘change unleashes people's creative energy’
    ‘creative writing’
    • ‘Intellectual aspects are infused with creative energy and crowned with success.’
    • ‘Instead of abandoning faith in humanity we can turn our creative energies towards taking control of our futures.’
    • ‘I had wanted to do more creative writing, but I had not been able to organise myself to find the time.’
    • ‘The committee is expecting to see many creative masterpieces in the exhibitions.’
    • ‘In astrology, Mars is the planet of aggressive energy and creative action.’
    • ‘I wish that I will be able to support myself comfortably and enjoyably on my creative writing.’
    • ‘Bringing creative energy to this area can quickly change the look of your home.’
    • ‘They gave us a lot of stuff on our terms, but we were able to retain creative control.’
    • ‘The minister says the social economy has many able people capable of creative thinking and wealth creation.’
    • ‘This life force is the supreme, creative intelligence that pervades every cell of ours.’
    • ‘If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.’
    • ‘What your real economic asset is, is the creative talents and energy of your people.’
    • ‘Where you find the sign Aries is often the best house for creative expression of its energy.’
    • ‘We have a lot of talent in UP, but the films seem to lack technical and creative excellence.’
    • ‘Sometimes, she has a creative idea that she turns into a stunning piece of jewelry of her own design.’
    • ‘The project gives a focus to the creative writing and art and craft skills of primary school children.’
    • ‘Even without trying you're able to come up with lots of new and creative ideas.’
    • ‘Perhaps you are about to capitalise on a brilliant idea or creative insight.’
    • ‘Hip-hop has always drawn much of its creative energy from the underworld.’
    • ‘The service is designed for people who have either a creative business or a creative idea and want some advice about what to do next.’
    gifted, talented, virtuoso, genius, accomplished, ingenious, masterly, inventive
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    1. 1.1 Having good imagination or original ideas.
      ‘a creative team of designers’
      • ‘Such assignments also gave them the confidence to become creative producers on their own.’
      • ‘Denise said the nature of the store gives her a lot of scope to be creative and use unusual design ideas.’
      • ‘One of the top creative teams in the country has been assembled for the production.’
      • ‘In an almost unheard of but definitely serendipitous event, the creative team has been reassembled.’
      • ‘A Whitefield textile artist is appealing for creative people to join her in her craft.’
      • ‘If there were a creative genius in us all, then we would all be sketching birds and dying of starvation.’
      • ‘I sat just behind the composer and felt in the presence of a creative genius, transported into other worlds.’
      • ‘Li has been a creative designer for an advertising company for more than two years.’
      • ‘It's no surprise, then, that Picasso agreed to be the lead in a film about creative genius.’
      • ‘Though he studied electronics, he was an innately creative artist, even as a child.’
      • ‘An artist needs to be creative, and that is what these children proved precisely.’
      • ‘You are creative and productive in new ventures that bring out your hidden potential.’
      • ‘Scott's really imaginative and creative and has a definite vision of what he wants his business to be.’
      • ‘How can we square this with our notions of a great creative artist?’
      • ‘The creative team on this book are no less than masters of comic art.’
      • ‘He was absolutely one of the most creative geniuses to ever work in radio comedy.’
      • ‘The creative team has tried to retell the story in a milder way, from the innocent viewpoint of a child.’
      • ‘The programme will create opportunities for creative web designers within Cumbria.’
      • ‘There were a bunch of very creative people on this team so we could not agree with each other.’
      • ‘The more experienced and creative quilters are also designing their own patterns.’
      inventive, imaginative, innovative, innovatory, innovational, experimental, original
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noun

informal
  • A person whose job involves creative work.

    ‘the most important people in the mix will be creatives and direct marketing specialists’
    • ‘It is certainly true that more and more Irish creatives - from journalists to artists to gamers to photographers - use digital technologies as their primary production tool.’
    • ‘The search is on for the UK's best, young creatives.’
    • ‘The guys who are whining the loudest would make better use of their time inside the quiet space used by professional content creatives.’
    • ‘If you think you're being creative by using these effects, just watch telly for a few hours and see how often the professional creatives use them.’
    • ‘Working within a context can also help creatives better sell their ideas.’
    • ‘There are currently over 4,000 Bafta members entitled to vote in the film awards, made up of creatives and professionals working in the film, television and interactive industries.’
    • ‘Typically, agency creatives would find it too limiting to work solely with one brand.’
    • ‘This is an exciting opportunity for creatives to keep up to date with their practice in an increasingly evolving industry.’
    • ‘Call me credulous but I think the food industry, given some smart guidance from legislators and some help from their creatives, could surprise us by helping to deliver a healthier population sooner than we think.’
    • ‘A plus is the enormous camaraderie among the creatives.’
    • ‘Last week some of the 87 staff were still unpacking crates and the creatives were faced with pristine white walls ready for all the doodles and idiosyncratic squiggles you'd expect in an advertising house.’
    • ‘It avoided those well-trodden media ruts that lead to aged baby-boomer creatives who have long since stopped being interesting.’
    • ‘Pop is music made by professional commercial creatives.’
    • ‘While our medieval art appears, well, medieval, the parallel achievements of Turkish creatives are bright, smart, clear-cut and astonishingly modern-looking.’
    • ‘Charity commercials don't pay the considerable sums ad-folk are used to receiving - but creatives are often attracted to them by their potential to win industry awards.’
    • ‘Professional photographers, photo designers and advertising and media creatives are using digital technology more and more.’
    • ‘The success of Queensland creatives working against sometimes overwhelming odds in this very challenging industry is something to be celebrated rather than condemned.’
    • ‘Today we have a mix of 35 thinkers, doers, creatives, number crunchers and gurus between offices in Dublin and New York.’
    • ‘The school has proven extraordinarily influential in Hollywood, and includes many of the town's senior executives and creatives among its alumni.’
    • ‘With the help of a network of artists, creatives and friends, I managed to secure the use of a projector for showing my films, at a very reasonable hire cost.’

Pronunciation

creative

/kriːˈeɪtɪv/