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

Synonyms & Antonyms for dynamic

Synonyms: Adjective

energetic, flush, gingery, lusty, peppy, red-blooded, robust, vigorous, vital

Antonyms: Adjective

dull, lethargic, listless, sluggish, torpid

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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

Meghan McCain and Sunny Hostin think Joy is totally wrong about their dynamic. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Joy Behar Shuts Down Co-Hosts After Discussing Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper," 26 Feb. 2019 And two small groupings directly address the relationship between human devotee and god, a dynamic often described through the metaphor of lovers. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India’ Review: Multifaceted Devotion," 16 Feb. 2019 That night, as a native Philadelphian watching the Eagles win their first-ever Super Bowl, forever changed the dynamic of my relationship with my father. Ray Boyd, Philly.com, "Father's Day is coming and the Eagles are Super Bowl champs. Does that change things for you, like it does me?," 6 June 2018 Here’s how to make the most of an extended layover in the country’s most dynamic and addictive city. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 By watching these x-rays, SMILE will capture its dynamic behavior. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "New China space missions will watch for colliding black holes, solar blasts," 11 July 2018 When Vincent Paul Abbott, better known to the world as Vinnie Paul, died on June 22, the metal world lost one of its most dynamic and recognizable drummers. Bram Teitelman, Billboard, "10 of Vinnie Paul's Hardest-Rocking Songs, From Pantera's Picks to Hellyeah's Hits," 23 June 2018 This dynamic, in turn, can lead to an unintentional reporting bias against the defendant. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Kellen Winslow Jr.'s Attorneys Use Football-Induced Brain Injury as Defense for Alleged Crimes?," 16 June 2018 Smaller cities had recently been the most dynamic markets in the country, making up nearly two-thirds of national property sales last year, compared with one-half in 2016, according to an analysis by S&P Global Ratings. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "China’s Property Market, Once a Lifeline, Now Carries Economic Risks," 16 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Private investors are directly buying a small but growing share of loans that have long been the domain of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a sign of the changing dynamics in the $11 trillion mortgage industry. Ben Eisen, WSJ, "Private Investors Encroach on Fannie and Freddie’s Domain," 9 Mar. 2019 Lindsey Byrnes for Marie Claire That dynamic is part of what makes PEN15 so brilliant. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Creators of PEN15 Present Their Hilarious, Oddly Harrowing New Show," 26 Feb. 2019 Their dynamic is amplified by Chloë Sevigny's and AnnaSophia Robb's characters, Mel and Lacey, another mother-daughter pair who live across the street from Dee Dee and Gypsy. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Hulu’s The Act Is Horrifying, Human, and Hard to Stop Watching," 20 Mar. 2019 And that affects every dynamic in your life, from your family to your work to your relationships. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Are Engaged and Her Ring Is Huge," 10 Mar. 2019 The dynamics are changing; the structures of power, too. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Pixar hires its second female feature director," 29 Nov. 2018 What’s clear from the new season, though, is that workplace dynamics for women haven’t changed all that much in three decades. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Working Women of GLOW," 1 July 2018 Every family is different and even within the same family, dynamics change over time. refinery29.com, "Women Won't Achieve Equality In The Professional World Until Dads Achieve Equality As Parents," 14 June 2018 But Northam is considerably gentler than McAuliffe, and Cox knew the dynamics had changed after the Democratic victories. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "How a reshaped Virginia legislature learned to love Medicaid expansion," 4 June 2018

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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 and Noun

French dynamique, from Greek dynamikos powerful, from dynamis power, from dynasthai to be able

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dynamic

adjective

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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