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creo crĕo (old form cerĕo, in Varr. L. L. 6, § 81 Müll.), āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. kindred with Sanscr. kar, kri, to make, to bring forth, produce, make, create, beget (very freq. in every period and species of composition). Lit. In gen.: rerum primordia pandam, Unde omnes natura creet res auctet alatque, Lucr. 1, 51: animalia, id. 2, 1152: genus humanum, id. 5, 820: mortalia saecla, id. 5, 789: fruges, id. 2, 170: ignem, id. 1, 799; cf.: ignes e lignis, id. 1, 910 et saep.: (Silvius) Aenean Silvium creat, Liv. 1, 3, 7; cf.: fortes creantur fortibus et bonis, Hor. C. 4, 4, 29.—Also of woman: pueris beata creandis Uxor, Hor. Ep. 1, 2, 44; Pall. Febr. 26, 2.—Hence, in poets freq. in part. perf.: crĕātus, a, with abl. (masc. or fem.), sprung from, begotten by, born of; or subst., an offspring, a child, Ov. M. 5, 145; 11, 295; 11, 303 al.—Subst.: crĕāta, ōrum, n., things made: servare, Lucr. 2, 572.

In partic., publicist. t. t. (cf. facio), to make or create for any jurisdiction or office, i. e. to choose, elect (freq.): qui comitiatu creare consules rite possint, Cic. Leg. 3, 3, 9; so, consules, Caes. B. C. 3, 1; Liv. 4, 7, 2; 4, 7, 7; 4, 7, 10: duo ex unā familiā magistratus, Caes. B. G. 7, 33: Patres, Liv. 1, 8, 7: dictatorem, id. 2, 18 (five times): magistrum equitum, id. 2, 18, 5; 4, 57, 6: interregem, id. 4, 7, 7; 5, 31, 8: tribunum, id. 2, 33, 3: tribuniciam potestatem, id. 5, 2, 8: censores, Suet. Aug. 37: Imperatorem (with eligere), id. Vesp. 6: ducem gerendo bello, Liv. 1, 23, 8. curatorem reipublicae, Dig. 50, 8, 3.

Of the officer who appoints or superintends an election: quos (consules) cum Ti. Gracchus consul iterum crearet, Cic. N. D. 2, 4, 10.

In eccl. Lat. of the exercise of divine power in creation, to create, call into being, endow with existence, etc.: caelum et terram, Vulg. Gen. 1, 1: hominem, id. ib. 5, 1: omnia, id. Eph. 3, 9.

Meton.: cor mundum in me, Vulg. Psa. 50, 11 al.

Trop., to produce, prepare, cause, occasion: voluptatem meis inimicis, Plaut. Cas. 2, 7, 3: commoditatem mihi, id. Poen. 4, 2, 94: lites, id. ib. 3, 2, 9: omnis has aerumnas, id. Mil. 1, 1, 33: capitalem fraudem tuis cruribus capitique, id. ib. 2, 3, 23: moram dictis, id. Ps. 1, 3, 174: errorem (similitudo), Cic. Div. 2, 26, 55: luxuriam, id. Rosc. Am. 27, 75: seditionem, Vell. 2, 20: taedium ac satietatem ex similitudine, Quint. 9, 4, 143: vomitum dissolutionemque stomachi, Plin. 9, 48, 72, § 155 et saep.