dy·​nam·​ic | \ dī-ˈna-mik How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \

Essential Meaning of dynamic

1 : always active or changing a dynamic city a dynamic relationship
2 : having or showing a lot of energy a dynamic [=enthusiastic] speaker an exciting and dynamic performance
3 technical : of or relating to energy, motion, or physical force the dynamic theory of heat dynamic and potential energy

Full Definition of dynamic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : marked by usually continuous and productive activity or change a dynamic city
b : energetic, forceful a dynamic personality
2 or less commonly dynamical \ dī-​ˈna-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \
a : of or relating to physical force or energy
b : of or relating to dynamics (see dynamics entry 1)
3 of random-access memory : requiring periodic refreshment of charge in order to retain data


plural dynamics

Definition of dynamic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a force or factor that controls or influences a process of growth, change, interaction, or activity : a dynamic force or factor a social/cultural/interpersonal dynamic … describes a world order that seems to be evolving from ideology as the principal dynamic— Woody West Denial has always been the most devastating social and political dynamic of the AIDS epidemic …— June E. Osborn Still, one wonders, Is there a way to achieve … results without some of the extraneous nastiness, the relentless controlling dynamic?— Jack McCallum — see also dynamics entry 1

Other Words from dynamic


dynamically \ dī-​ˈna-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for dynamic

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of dynamic in a Sentence

Adjective … tournament blackjack is more dynamic, and more complex, than simply playing against the house. — Michael Kaplan, Cigar Aficionado, December 2002 Indeed, one of the most dynamic influences on family life and society in the last century was the extension of concepts to individual worth and human rights. — Perdita Huston, Ms., December 2001/January 2002 The new dynamic duo have little in common but a bright orange ball. — Stephen Rodrick, ESPN, 3 Apr. 2000 an exciting and dynamic performance the dynamic theory of heat Noun … the high-tech world is, at heart, a cruel, unforgiving place ruled by the merciless dynamics of the marketplace. — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, 27 June 2002 … my memory of specific events is sketchy, but the general emotional flavor is engraved on my mind as a classic example of my family's bent dynamic. — Florence King, National Review, 15 Oct. 2001 … the Cambrian Explosion, created the evolutionary dynamic that produced most of the species that subsequently populated the earth, from insects and fish to dinosaurs and humans. — J. Madeleine Nash, Time, 20 Aug. 2001 Raisons d'état, not the dynamics of capitalism, created the American thrust for world influence. — Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Cycles of American History, 1986 the dynamic between a doctor and a patient Group dynamics are important to consider. The dynamics of this class are different from those of other classes. Disease was a central dynamic in the decrease in population. a study on famine and population dynamics
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Rising temperatures are forcing grapes to ripen too quickly on the vine, lowering their acidity and increasing their sugar, which makes for wines that taste flat and are less dynamic in the glass. Monica Prelle, Outside Online, 17 Jan. 2022 And not only that throne room, but the sets are so much more dynamic now. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 7 Jan. 2022 Aside from plants having such a great finishing-touch appeal, the usage of plants can be very dynamic in a space. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 31 Dec. 2021 Additionally, SXGs may not be ideal for websites that are highly dynamic and that change multiple times per day. James Parsons, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Clint conversing with Kate is just more dynamic than Clint talking to a plaque on a wall. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 15 Dec. 2021 Doughty also had a difficult task on the defensive end, trying to contain North Central’s most dynamic offensive player, Joey Brown who is listed at 6-6 but very much plays like a guard. Jack Carney, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Jan. 2022 The simulcast, made possible through a partnership between Second Stage and Assemble Stream, isn’t as dynamic as the National Theatre Live broadcasts. Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2022 Woodyard, who committed in June, is a dynamic player when on the field. Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 13 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In regional countries that are closer to Kabul’s new rulers, however, a different dynamic is in play. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, 18 Jan. 2022 Has there been a different dynamic between acting with Alexa Demie and acting with Sydney? Marcus Jones, EW.com, 17 Jan. 2022 In the latest issue of PEOPLE, Jamie Lynn opens up about her complicated family dynamic and the pressures of her childhood in the spotlight, as well as her efforts to heal from the resulting trauma. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 15 Jan. 2022 Jong Ho, Yun Ho, Min Gi, Hong Joong, Seong Hwa, San, and Woo Young spoke to ELLE.com ahead of their first concert about the meaning of their new EP, their favorite style era, and what their dynamic as friends is like. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 12 Jan. 2022 Minshew gives the Eagles a much different dynamic as a better thrower than Jalen Hurts. Adam Burke Vsin, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2022 You likely won’t be invited to certain meetings, and tasks you would have previously been given and general workplace interactions may take on a different dynamic. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 22 Dec. 2021 Jaylon gives us a completely different dynamic when he’s on the field. Jason Beede, orlandosentinel.com, 9 Nov. 2021 But adding a different dynamic to the backfield was always a likely possibility given Edmonds’ smallish stature and the need to beef things up just a little. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 27 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of dynamic


1744, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dynamic


borrowed from French dynamique or New Latin dynamicus "relating to physical force or energy," borrowed from Greek dynamikós "powerful, efficacious," from dýnamis "power, strength, capability" (i-stem derivative, with suffixal -m-, of dýnamai, dýnasthai "to be able, have the strength or capability (to do something), be equivalent to," of uncertain origin) + -ikos -ic entry 1

Note: French dynamique and New Latin dynamicus were popularized, if not introduced, by Gottfried Wilhelm leibniz. The Greek verb dýnamai appears to have been an original nasal present with the -n- infix generalized throughout the paradigm. If an Indo-European base *deu̯h2- (or *deh2u̯-?) "to fit together, join" is reconstructible on the basis of Tocharian B tsuwa "(it) adhered, cohered," Germanic *taujan- "to prepare, make" (see taw entry 1), then dy-n-a- may be allied; assumed is an approximate sense development "be joined" > "fit, be suitable" > "be capable."


borrowed from French dynamique, noun derivative of dynamique dynamic entry 1

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dy·​nam·​ic | \ dī-ˈna-mik How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \

Kids Definition of dynamic

: always active, energetic, or changing a dynamic city


dy·​nam·​ic | \ dī-ˈnam-ik How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \

Medical Definition of dynamic

1 also dynamical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \
a : of or relating to physical force or energy
b : of or relating to dynamics
2 : functional sense 1b a dynamic disease
3a : marked by continuous usually productive activity or change a dynamic population
b : marked by energy or forcefulness a dynamic personality

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dynamically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \ adverb

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