aquat·​ic | \ ə-ˈkwä-tik How to pronounce aquatic (audio) , -ˈkwa- How to pronounce aquatic (audio) \

Definition of aquatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : growing or living in or frequenting water aquatic mosquito larvae
2 : taking place in or on water aquatic sports



Definition of aquatic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an aquatic animal or plant
2 aquatics plural in form but singular or plural in construction : water sports

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from aquatic


aquatically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce aquatically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for aquatic

Synonyms: Adjective

submarine, submerged, sunken, underwater

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of aquatic in a Sentence


a lifelong fascination with sharks and other fearsome aquatic creatures

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Giant water bugs are voracious predators that take down everything from ducklings to venomous snakes, according to a new study that brings together decades of research on the aquatic insects. National Geographic, "Giant water bugs eat turtles, ducklings, and even snakes," 3 Apr. 2019 The plan recommends adding tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, multipurpose fields and baseball diamond fields, as well as aquatic facility and indoor recreation improvements. Laura Groch,, "How they voted, July 1," 1 July 2018 And that’s especially alarming given that in 2016, the CDC reported health or safety violations at 80 percent of public aquatic facilities in five different states. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "There might be poop in the water you’re swimming in so please don’t swallow it, CDC says," 29 June 2018 Goodyear Construction will begin this fiscal year for Goodyear's new recreation campus, which includes a 30-acre park, a recreation center and an outdoor aquatic facility. Laura Gómez, azcentral, "Continuing to grow: Key projects taking off in 4 southwest Valley cities," 13 June 2018 The latest version doesn't identify a precise location for an aquatic facility. Luke Money,, "Hopes for more parkland meet concerns about costs as Costa Mesa council reviews proposed update to open space plan," 14 Feb. 2018 Now aquatic therapy in heated pools is offering a modern-day fix for many ailments. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The Health Benefits of Aquatic Therapy," 21 Apr. 2019 Everything about the sunny tube evokes a day at the beach, from the bright blue-and-yellow packaging to its deliciously aquatic scent. Glamour, "I Gave Up on Beach Waves Until I Tried This Brand-New Surf Cream," 10 Apr. 2019 Or as the tactic is better known in Olympic circles, the aquatic biathlon. Dwight Perry / Sideline Chatter, The Seattle Times, "Sideline chatter: What’s mom going to be like when he’s playing in an actual game?," 30 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Natalie Taylor, director of aquatics at Maryland’s University Recreation & Wellness, said the ISL reached out to the center in March about hosting the two-day meet Nov. 15-16. Edward Lee,, "Few athletes have a chance to make a career out of swimming. A new pro league is hoping to change that.," 12 June 2019 And that could mean dropping games and including other activities: outdoor education, fitness, gymnastics, aquatics. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Dodgeball is a tool of “oppression” used to “dehumanize” others, researchers argue," 8 June 2019 And that could mean dropping games and including other activities: outdoor education, fitness, gymnastics, aquatics. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Dodgeball is a tool of ‘oppression’ used to ‘dehumanize’ others, researchers argue," 7 June 2019 The New York Police Department was investigating swastikas scrawled on the walls of an aquatics and fitness center in Manhattan as a hate crime, a police official said Thursday. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York Police Probe Swastikas at Sports Facility," 7 Mar. 2019 Effective Tuesday, the school will not renew its contract with Eric Hill, 41, the former coach and aquatics director, a spokeswoman said. Linda Trischitta,, "Ex-Boca Raton High swim coach under investigation, won't return to teach in fall," 4 June 2018 Both of his brothers also have been involved in aquatics, but have focused more on water polo. Matt Szabo,, "Daily Pilot High School Male Athlete of the Week: Dominic Falcon a dominant presence for Ocean View swimming," 20 May 2018 The zoo’s dolphins and regular aquatic shows featuring them have been a major draw at the west suburban institution for decades. Steve Johnson,, "Young Brookfield Zoo dolphin dies unexpectedly," 12 June 2018 SwimKids, based in Cumming, offers aquatics survival classes and swim lessons. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "New report reveals danger of childhood drownings in open waters," 23 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'aquatic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of aquatic


1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aquatic


see aqua


see aqua

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about aquatic

Statistics for aquatic

Last Updated

16 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for aquatic

The first known use of aquatic was circa 1600

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for aquatic



English Language Learners Definition of aquatic

: living or found in or near water
: of or relating to the animals and plants that live in or near water
: done in or on water


aquat·​ic | \ ə-ˈkwä-tik How to pronounce aquatic (audio) , -ˈkwa-\

Kids Definition of aquatic

: growing, living, or done in water aquatic animals


aquat·​ic | \ ə-ˈkwät-ik How to pronounce aquatic (audio) , -ˈkwat- How to pronounce aquatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of aquatic

: growing or living in or frequenting water aquatic mosquito larvae

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on aquatic

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with aquatic

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for aquatic

Spanish Central: Translation of aquatic

Nglish: Translation of aquatic for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of aquatic for Arabic Speakers

Comments on aquatic

What made you want to look up aquatic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


behavior toward others

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!