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 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 \ dī-​ˈna-​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

Then, Evan Goldberg and Rogen—childhood friends and the dynamic duo behind some of the funniest films in recent memory (Superbad, This Is the End, Neighbors)—breathed life into Sterling’s story, modernizing the script with writer Liz Hannah. Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen and Darren Criss Rocked and Rolled at the 2019 City Harvest Gala," 2 May 2019 Much like the relationship dynamic in the Fifty Shades erotica series, E.L. explained that this new story follows a powerful, aristocratic man falling for his maid, Alessia (only this time, there are no red rooms of pain, restraints, and whips). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Co-Star Joy Behar Revealed Her 'Fifty Shades' Fantasy and Meghan McCain Lost It," 1 May 2019 The Spurs boast dynamic players in DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge. Pat Graham, The Seattle Times, "Nuggets brace for Popovich, Spurs in return to playoffs," 12 Apr. 2019 Tonight’s premiere episode of Fosse/Verdon introduces choreographer/director Bob Fosse and dancer/actress Gwen Verdon, the dynamic, wildly talented couple who defined entertainment in the latter half of the 20th century. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yes, That Fosse/Verdon Cheating Scene Is Based in Fact," 10 Apr. 2019 There was so much that was new, dynamic, and wonderful about their wedding. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Royal Reporter Katie Nicholl on Harry and Meghan's Next Chapter," 8 Apr. 2019 Patanjali, which makes beauty and home care products, is one of many dynamic local players in the consumer sector. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Worried About China? Multinationals Now Favor India," 5 Dec. 2018 In him, the Hornets get one of the most dynamic players in college. 12. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "NBA mock draft 2018: Will Knicks pick Sixers target Mikal Bridges? | Keith Pompey," 20 June 2018 Diallo began to turn it on as a defender late in the season and remains a dynamic player in transition, where few can keep up with him. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Final Top 100 Prospect Rankings," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But on taxes, as on so many other issues, the presidency of Donald Trump created a new dynamic. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Democrats Take Aim at the Reagan Tax Revolution," 15 Feb. 2019 And this is a dynamic that isn't going to change without outside pressure or regulation. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "There's a Whole Web of Popular Apps Sending Your Data Off to Facebook," 2 Jan. 2019 Fortnite has always been a game about killing other players, so this adds a completely new dynamic. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "A week away from Fortnite feels like forever," 27 Oct. 2018 With Luka Modric playing at such a high level surrounded by a dynamic supporting cast, Croatia could prove too much for Russia's fate-tempting strategy. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "England end their jinx, Sweden survive and the best of the World Cup week," 5 July 2018 The whole season has been such a compelling back-and-forth power dynamic between Offred and Serena. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Handmaid's Tale' Just Set the Stage for "Powerful" Season 2 Finale," 4 July 2018 In the future, Hamilton hopes to bring veterans to march in the parade, as well as the visual theater group Quasimondo to add a visual dynamic to the march. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Star-spangled traditions: Milwaukee communities come together for July 4th festivities," 4 July 2018 That’s created a dynamic of haves and have-nots among the players. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Mitch Kupchak's NBA draft memory: No workouts, no celebration, just a telegram," 19 June 2018 Indeed, there were food writers in the room, but there were also people from fashion, real estate and other fields who could relate to the racial dynamics in the food world that the panelists were discussing. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "There Goes the Neighborhood: How Food Helps Drive Gentrification," 8 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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