dynamic

adjective
dy·nam·ic | \dī-ˈna-mik \

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 \

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 \-mi-k(ə-)lē \ 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

Those are no small feats against the league’s most dynamic attacking force. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Union lose, 2-0, to Atlanta United as C.J. Sapong's goal drought continues," 7 July 2018 Individual proposals aside, experts haven’t formed a consensus on how to make economically moribund places feel more like economically dynamic ones. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "One County Thrives. The Next One Over Struggles. Economists Take Note.," 29 June 2018 The funding will cover the cost of a software interface that will allow vehicle operators to respond to commuter requests with dynamic, real-time routing. Washington Post, "In Prince William, a high-tech plan to get more commuters out of their cars," 7 July 2018 Create communities, products and services that are relevant, dynamic, unique, customer centric, experiential, inclusive and technologically savvy. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 The next 10 to 12 options consist mainly of dynamic, smooth-skating defensemen and slick-shooting wingers who have a knack for putting the puck in the net. Jimmy Greenfield, chicagotribune.com, "Deep NHL draft has Blackhawks excited to be near top but hopeful high pick is last for a long time," 18 June 2018 Parker is a little more dynamic, as far as running the bases. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Parker Meadows was 'very, very giddy' after being drafted by Detroit Tigers," 5 June 2018 Experienced, 'dynamic' Experience was key in her opinion, Lubing said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New director to carry on Greendale Library's revolution," 30 May 2018 Housing supplies were still down 5.3 percent from a year ago, a dynamic that has continued to push up prices. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Home prices are high. What could cool them down?," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Clark recruited some other ultrarunners, including Anna Frost, who had previously guided in Bhutan, and attempted to set the speed record in the face of brutal weather, bad dynamics, and challenging conditions. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "The Newest Adventure Movies You Can Watch Right Now," 12 July 2018 Notably, the same dynamics also applied in less morally fraught situations. Kevin Lewis, BostonGlobe.com, "Looking for negative signals," 6 July 2018 That single dynamic, player and coach, will drive news ink by the tanker and propel Internet clicks to carpal tunnel. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Memo to Luke Walton: Here's comes LeBron ... and all that comes with it," 2 July 2018 If the earlier interlude doesn't bring to mind present-day class dynamics, the final one makes the equation vividly clear—especially when Pozzo calls for his whip and Lucky actually brings it to him. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "After all these years, we’re still Waiting for Godot," 30 May 2018 While fans are used to watching Tarek and Christina tackle projects as a family, with their two kids Taylor and Brayden, this season will certainly have a different dynamic. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Christina And Tarek's First Post-Divorce Flip Or Flop Features Some Heated Arguments," 21 May 2018 There’s this dynamic between my character being vulnerable at times, but also being very headstrong at times. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Acclaimed ‘Fool for Love’ details rocky relationship," 10 May 2018 Officers are deployed as enforcers of the state, without being taught psychology, anthropology, sociology, community dynamics, local history, or criminology. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Spy Who Came Home," 30 Apr. 2018 The dynamics driving the market for homes listed for $1 million and up in other cities just aren't present in Cincinnati at the same level, according to veteran Realtors who say the local luxury housing market is soft. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Money is no object: Home prices in Greater Cincinnati's most expensive neighborhoods top out above $7M," 25 Apr. 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

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

Noun

see dynamic entry 1

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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

: 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

dynamics : the science that studies motion and the forces that cause or stop motion

dynamic

adjective
dy·nam·ic | \dī-ˈna-mik \

Kids Definition of dynamic

: always active, energetic, or changing a dynamic city

dynamic

adjective
dy·nam·ic | \dī-ˈnam-ik \

Medical Definition of dynamic 

1 also dynamical \-i-kəl \

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 \ adverb

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