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 For the past decade, a dynamic group of researchers, child-safety advocates, legislators, and technology sector experts have been working ardently to develop and deploy technology to protect children online. Hany Farid, Wired, "Congress Needs to Make Silicon Valley EARN IT," 5 July 2020 Pick from several dynamic frames, snap your selfie and upload to social from The Uplift Photo Booth. Essence Staff, Essence, "Get UPLIFTED with Ford at 2020 ESSENCE Festival," 3 July 2020 Miranda had succeeded in making a hip-hop musical about the first Secretary of the Treasury feel stunningly dynamic, with talented young actors of color taking on mythic roles such as Hamilton, Washington, and Jefferson. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Surreal Experience of Watching Hamilton in 2020," 3 July 2020 The reverse dynamic feeds all the actress’ fears about aging and legacy, which in turn causes further discord when Lumin keeps bringing up grievances about the past. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Hirokazu Kore-eda finds ‘The Truth’ in any language," 2 July 2020 That means setting routines for refreshing sleep and eating healthy meals are key ways each of us can directly assert control in a dynamic environment. Ryan Prior, CNN, "How to find resilience during the coronavirus pandemic," 2 July 2020 During this time, the Caribbean islands and coasts of the Americas were the dynamic center of a trade empire linking Europe, Africa, and the Americas. National Geographic, "Ahoy! It's the real pirates of the Caribbean—and the Carolinas," 2 July 2020 Fundraisers are eyeing with unease the dynamic heading into the fall, especially as continued economic pain due to the coronavirus leaves some donors less able to make contributions. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "‘A lot harder’: COVID-19 challenges political fundraising as Texas heads toward critical November election," 1 July 2020 To all of us on earth, the sun may not seem very dynamic. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Timelapse Video Shows How Our Sun Has Changed Over 10 Years," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Governors have repeatedly invoked hospital capacity in arguing against new business restrictions, though the dynamic began to shift Friday when Texas and Florida clamped down on bars amid an increasingly dire situation with COVID-19. Author: Jim Salter, Lindsey Tanner, Anchorage Daily News, "As virus numbers grow, governors rely on misleading hospital data," 26 June 2020 Betts points to that dynamic to explain why premium car brands have done relatively poorly on JD Power’s initial quality survey in recent years. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "A Survey of New Cars Finds More Tech Means More Problems," 24 June 2020 There can be a warming up phase in that player-coach dynamic but Latham jumped straight in. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "JC Latham’ rise from 8th grade dunker to Alabama 5-star recruit," 23 June 2020 And that dynamic brought about fathers and the community feeling different with police engagement. Laura Klairmont, CNN, "As young black fathers protect their families from Covid-19 and fight against injustice, this CNN Hero is providing the food, diapers and support they need," 18 June 2020 For years, the power dynamic in college sports was clear. Sean Gregory, Time, "College Athletes Are Realizing Their Power Amid the George Floyd Protests and COVID-19," 18 June 2020 What sets the Cardinals apart from their competition on this list, however, is the dynamic within their division. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals 'legitimate sleeper' for 2020 NFL playoffs," 18 June 2020 But Kavanaugh’s replacement of his old boss Kennedy was thought to change the dynamic on the court. Robert Barnes, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court passes up challenges from gun groups on laws they say violate Second Amendment," 15 June 2020 That dynamic, Peskin said, tugs Aragón in different directions, though Aragón himself says his decision-making is guided by his training and creating the best possible public health outcomes. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "He’s been SF’s most powerful person in pandemic response. You don’t know his name.," 14 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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10 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

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