Creationisms
June 17, 2016 9:30 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for synonyms for the word "create," but not just the kind you'd find in a thesaurus.

I'm interested in words that are more specialized within a field. Very basic examples:

-- "cook" or "bake" from the culinary world; both essentially mean "create"
-- "incorporate" from the business world; when you incorporate, you create a company

Nouns are also ok, like "alchemy." Basically, anything that boils down to making something, whether that thing is concrete or abstract. Thank you!
posted by paperback version to Writing & Language (27 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
Construct
Design
Mold
posted by greta simone at 9:37 AM on June 17, 2016


Write a book.
Compose a piece of music
Post a question
Pose a question
Install a floor
Film a movie
Sow a crop
Raise a crop
Raise a child
Conceive a child
Conceive an idea
posted by SLC Mom at 9:45 AM on June 17, 2016


estimate (creates a statistical model)
write (creates an article, story, book)
butcher (creates a piece of meat)
steep (creates a cup of tea)
sow (creates a field full of crops)
weave (creates a cloth)
knit/crochet
sew
brew
bear (creates a child)
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:46 AM on June 17, 2016


Excluding entries in the thesaurus I have handy:

craft
sew
weave
tailor
pattern (in the sense of patterning cloth or fiber)
join (particularly in the sense of woodworking joinery)
compose
author
architect
husband (in the sense of animal husbandry)
shepherd
reify
define
raise (as in raising a barn or raising a piece of metal)
cast (as in casting metal)
conjure
print
bind (as in bookbinding)
meld
transmute
transform
transmogrify
gestate
birth (as in birthing something/someone)
reduce to practice
bring to fruition
fix (as in fixing something in a tangible form)
artifice (in the sense of creating an artifact)
work (as in working a material)
fire (as in firing clay to make ceramics)
blow (as in blowing glass)
paint
draft
break down (as in breaking down an animal carcass into cuts of meat)
process (as in processing meat or plants into a more finished food)
posted by jedicus at 9:49 AM on June 17, 2016


Conjure
posted by humboldt32 at 9:49 AM on June 17, 2016


photograph
carve/sculpt
paint
marry (creates a marriage)
matriculate (creates a student)
bind (creates a book)
print (creates a book, piece of writing, picture)
blow (as in blow glass to create blown glass things)
inflate (sort of creates a balloon)
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:50 AM on June 17, 2016


post
bloom (creates a flower)
contract (creates an obligation)
hire
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 9:53 AM on June 17, 2016


engineer
code (as in coding a piece of software)
record
press (as in pressing a record)
congeal
coalesce
engender
inspire (creates a feeling in others)
pronounce (as in pronouncing a marriage or an edict)
find (as in a jury finding), sentence (as in a judge sentencing) - getting a bit far afield, but both of these are 'speech acts' that create legal constructs

turn (as in turning wood or metal on a lathe)
throw (as in throwing pottery)
choreograph
prove (creates logical or mathematical truth)
distill
posted by jedicus at 9:56 AM on June 17, 2016


Smith (as in blacksmithing or metalsmithing)

Throw (throw a pot on a pottery wheel)
posted by MexicanYenta at 10:36 AM on June 17, 2016


Concoct.
Cobble.
posted by Flexagon at 10:54 AM on June 17, 2016


dip (as in dipping candles)
pour (as in pouring any number of substances into molds)
dye
prepare
spin (as in spinning fibers into thread)
write
embroider
felt (as in making something out of felt or creating felt from raw fibers)
machine (as in machining parts or tools out of raw materials, usually metal)
mill (as in milling grain or milling metal)
invent
bodge
pronounce

more colloquially:
gin up
rig
hack
posted by jedicus at 11:23 AM on June 17, 2016


synthesize (a chemical compound)
posted by gaspode at 11:25 AM on June 17, 2016


more abstract, metaphorical, or supernatural:

to speak, breathe, or call something into existence
posted by jedicus at 11:26 AM on June 17, 2016


Thanks for everything thus far!
Would also love more outside the realm of arts & crafts .
Thanks again!
posted by paperback version at 11:47 AM on June 17, 2016


Would also love more outside the realm of arts & crafts

What are now arts & crafts were once trades and professions. Their long history is part of what gives them a unique vocabulary.

But:

set (this comes up in many contexts, including creating a test, a set of homework problems, a trap, or a rock climbing route, which can also be called a 'problem')

cultivate
culture (as in growing a sample of bacteria)
inculcate, instill
graph (creating a graph)
chart (creating a chart or course)
spin up, provision (in IT these are often used to mean creating a new server)
posted by jedicus at 12:12 PM on June 17, 2016


compile
assemble
draw
sketch
carve
carve out (related but with a different connotation)
whip up, whip together
churn (to make butter)
hatch
found (as in founding a city)
posted by jedicus at 12:38 PM on June 17, 2016


wire (as in create a circuit)
dig (creates a hole)
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 12:53 PM on June 17, 2016


shoot (a film)

code (a program)

open (a business)

frame (a house)

pour (a concrete driveway)

clear (a field)

bale (some hay)

put up (jelly or preserves)

press (a record)
posted by amtho at 12:55 PM on June 17, 2016


pickle (creates pickles)
candy (creates candied whatever you candied)
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 1:00 PM on June 17, 2016


Declare (from software engineering, to define an object or variable)

Instantiate (from software engineering, to create an instance of an object)
posted by snap, crackle and pop at 1:10 PM on June 17, 2016


Foment a movement/revolution/riot
Lay a trap

In mathematics, there are a few different ways to say that you are making something, some of which imply a more active or concrete process than others. For example, if you were making some object according to a specific algorithm, you would likely say "Construct X as follows..." On the other hand, if you are making something a little less tangible, such as the set of all objects that have a certain property, or an object that by nature can't be explicitly constructed but that is assumed to exist by your base axioms, you might say "Define X to be..." or "Let X be..."
posted by J.K. Seazer at 1:40 PM on June 17, 2016


Pick (a tune on a guitar)
Rustle (up some grub)
Plot (a course)
Lead (a life)
posted by mule98J at 2:34 PM on June 17, 2016


Forge (something made of metal, or figuratively)
posted by brianogilvie at 4:44 PM on June 17, 2016


ideate
spec out
bang out
dream up
stub out
arrange
plan
crank out
slap together
gin up

These seem to be about creating the pre-executed abstraction, or a quick-and-dirty execution. It also has the trappings of a found poem.
posted by batter_my_heart at 11:49 PM on June 17, 2016


establish
concretize
posted by trip and a half at 12:39 AM on June 18, 2016


Design.
Originate.
Harvest.
Conceptualize.
Ideate.
Plan.
Erect.
Build.
Gestate.
Manufacture.
Construct.
Stage, as a play.
Play, as music. Also compose.
posted by SemiSalt at 12:20 PM on June 18, 2016


Thank you all!
posted by paperback version at 9:49 PM on June 18, 2016


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