dynamic

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

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 dynamical (audio) \
a : of or relating to physical force or energy
b : of or relating to dynamics (see dynamics)
3 of random-access memory : requiring periodic refreshment of charge in order to retain data

dynamic

noun

Definition of dynamic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a dynamic force (see dynamic entry 1)
2 : dynamics sense 2 also : an underlying cause of change or growth

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Other Words from dynamic

Adjective

dynamically \ dī-​ˈna-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dynamically (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 Every sign boasts an individual approach to life, complete with dynamic strengths and frustrating weaknesses. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 31 July 2020 Black Is King holds a mirror to the dynamic nature of Blackness–one for all the world to see. Candace Mcduffie, Glamour, "Beyoncé’s Black Is King Is Exactly What We Need Right Now," 31 July 2020 Policy is driven by a dynamic, ongoing process, Spivey said, and is not something that’s written, put in a folder and forgotten. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Police brutality, unnecessary chokeholds won’t be tolerated in Richardson, chief says," 26 June 2020 The dynamic Westview playmaker doesn’t expect to make a decision soon. Andrew Nemec | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Darrius Clemons, 2022 Westview 4-star wide receiver, adds 20 pounds, earns Stanford offer," 13 July 2020 Marcus Freeman may have their best defense yet with the return of the dynamic end-tackle duo of junior Myjai Sanders and senior Curtis Brooks and six of seven primary defenders in the secondary. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, "AAC college football preview: Can the UC Bearcats challenge Memphis Tigers for AAC crown?," 8 July 2020 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who emulated his hero Winston Churchill by reaching 10 Downing Street, is now invoking the other half of World War II's dynamic democratic duo -- US President Franklin Roosevelt. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Of course Donald Trump wants fireworks over Mount Rushmore," 3 July 2020 Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton form a dynamic duo that's underrated and lost in the shuffle of some of the scary tandems throughout the West. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "NBA power rankings: Assessing Phoenix Suns' shot in Disney World bubble," 3 July 2020 The different subscription tiers (Plus at $49.99 a year and Pro at $99.99 a year) add more storage, the aforementioned dynamic lighting, custom character sheets, and more. L.j. Kilgore, Ars Technica, "How to move your role-playing game nights online," 28 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Maisel told the Washington Examiner that Gideon was exploiting the dynamic in her bid, tensions exacerbated by Democrats' intense dislike of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Maine now leading Democratic efforts to win Senate majority," 31 July 2020 The same dynamic has played out across the nation as the virus silently spread among Latinos from workplaces to homes to the community. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In CA: When is a tax increase not a tax increase? And COVID-19 testing failures put Latino communities in harm's way," 30 July 2020 Chris D’Esposito, the executive director of transportation services at UA, took some time recently to discuss the parking dynamic on campus. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Why permits cost so much, the deal with boots and other Alabama parking FAQs," 30 July 2020 And those who had posted on social media were less inclined to want compromise - perhaps a window into the dynamic in which more active voices, even if not as numerous, can shape a debate. CBS News, "CBS News Eye on Trends: The latest from the Election & Survey Unit," 30 July 2020 The trick is to acknowledge and understand the dynamic. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "A Black man reveals what he's endured, teaching 2 white friends what can be done when we talk," 13 July 2020 The stop-and-start dynamic has frustrated business owners desperate to bring customers in the door, and who need time to plan and prepare for reopening. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco delays reopening of hair salons, museums, gyms, pools tattoo parlors," 10 July 2020 Given the dynamic in this household, the child will pay the price, and his path will be very rocky. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Child is caught in toxic family crossfire," 26 June 2020 But Kavanaugh's replacement of his old boss Kennedy was thought to change the dynamic on the court. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court passes up challenges from gun groups on laws they say violate Second Amendment," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of dynamic

Adjective

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dynamic

Adjective

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."

Noun

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

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The first known use of dynamic was in 1744

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“Dynamic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamic. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for dynamic

dynamic

adjective
How to pronounce dynamic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dynamic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: always active or changing
: having or showing a lot of energy
technical : of or relating to energy, motion, or physical force

dynamic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dynamic (Entry 2 of 2)

: the way that two or more people behave with each other because of a particular situation
: something that causes change or growth in something else
technical : the science that studies motion and the forces that cause or stop motion

dynamic

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

Kids Definition of dynamic

: always active, energetic, or changing a dynamic city

dynamic

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

Medical Definition of dynamic

1 also dynamical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce dynamical (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

Other Words from dynamic

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

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