Definition of creative in English:



  • 1Relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is an exciting opportunity for creatives to keep up to date with their practice in an increasingly evolving industry.’
    • ‘Professional photographers, photo designers and advertising and media creatives are using digital technology more and more.’
    • ‘The guys who are whining the loudest would make better use of their time inside the quiet space used by professional content creatives.’
    • ‘The success of Queensland creatives working against sometimes overwhelming odds in this very challenging industry is something to be celebrated rather than condemned.’
    • ‘The search is on for the UK's best, young creatives.’
    • ‘Working within a context can also help creatives better sell their ideas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today we have a mix of 35 thinkers, doers, creatives, number crunchers and gurus between offices in Dublin and New York.’
    • ‘While our medieval art appears, well, medieval, the parallel achievements of Turkish creatives are bright, smart, clear-cut and astonishingly modern-looking.’
    • ‘Typically, agency creatives would find it too limiting to work solely with one brand.’
    • ‘Pop is music made by professional commercial creatives.’
    • ‘It avoided those well-trodden media ruts that lead to aged baby-boomer creatives who have long since stopped being interesting.’
    • ‘A plus is the enormous camaraderie among the creatives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The school has proven extraordinarily influential in Hollywood, and includes many of the town's senior executives and creatives among its alumni.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’