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 dynamic (audio) \
a : of or relating to physical force or energy
b : of or relating to dynamics (see dynamics entry 1)
3 of random-access memory : requiring periodic refreshment of charge in order to retain data


plural dynamics

Definition of dynamic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a force or factor that controls or influences a process of growth, change, interaction, or activity : a dynamic force or factor a social/cultural/interpersonal dynamic … describes a world order that seems to be evolving from ideology as the principal dynamic— Woody West Denial has always been the most devastating social and political dynamic of the AIDS epidemic …— June E. Osborn Still, one wonders, Is there a way to achieve … results without some of the extraneous nastiness, the relentless controlling dynamic?— Jack McCallum — see also dynamics entry 1

Other Words from dynamic


dynamically \ dī-​ˈna-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dynamic (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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On a dynamic coast, that can change pretty dramatically after a storm. Brian Amaral, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2022 And with dynamic quarterback Will Levis among 13 returning starters — five on offense, six on defense and two specialists — there’s reason for optimism entering a fall camp that opens this week. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 1 Aug. 2022 The dynamic situation forced firefighters to shift their efforts from controlling the perimeter of the fire to assisting with evacuations and defending structures, Quintanilla said. Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2022 Despite some ludicrous dialogue in Ayn Rand’s script, Vidor’s restless sensibility and interest in the consciousness of an artist yield a compelling work filled with dynamic compositions, fierce eroticism and actors filmed with sculptural force. Kristin M. Jones, WSJ, 30 July 2022 These dynamic women represent Mississippi’s finest black female entrepreneurs, determined to break ceilings–glass and otherwise–while shredding stereotypes of the South. al, 29 July 2022 But behind their dynamic patterns, Akpojotor's works tell a deeper story of family, femininity and female empowerment in contemporary African society. Rochelle Beighton, CNN, 29 July 2022 Similar to a sports car, the yacht features air intake grills, carbon fiber detailing and a dynamic hard top. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 29 July 2022 One of the most dynamic of this crop, Vivo in Padella, opened in May 2016 in Florence’s Sant’Ambrogio neighborhood. Jackie Cooperman, Bon Appétit, 27 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What to watch for: In a classic dynamic for legislative races, this race pits power bases from two different parts of the district against each other. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 21 July 2022 Team members are more likely to communicate unique information in this dynamic, sharing unusual and sometimes challenging ideas that could have otherwise gone unspoken. Grace Lordan, Fortune, 18 July 2022 The dynamic with their various stakeholder groups is more relationship-oriented and less transactional. Mark A. Cohen, Forbes, 5 July 2022 The dynamic with drug seizures is different, with fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine and other hard narcotics being seized overwhelmingly at official crossings instead of between them. Paul J. Weber, chicagotribune.com, 15 Apr. 2022 And the dynamic with Chloe is a big contributor to his education. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Feb. 2022 Tell me about your character, Samantha, and what makes her dynamic with Maddy special. Mónica Marie Zorrilla, Variety, 17 Feb. 2022 The 33-year-old actress recently spoke to The Cut and opened up about her family dynamic with fiancé Macaulay Culkin since the couple welcomed their first baby together, 9-month-old son Dakota, last April. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 31 Jan. 2022 After officially saying goodbye to Damian Lewis, Showtime's Billions is back for its sixth season with new lead Corey Stoll, who sizes up the dynamic with Paul Giamatti's Chuck. Ew Staff, EW.com, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dynamic


1744, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dynamic


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."


borrowed from French dynamique, noun derivative of dynamique dynamic entry 1

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dy·​nam·​ic | \ dī-ˈna-mik How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \

Kids Definition of dynamic

: always active, energetic, or changing a dynamic city


dy·​nam·​ic | \ dī-ˈnam-ik How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \

Medical Definition of dynamic

1 also dynamical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce dynamic (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

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dynamically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \ adverb

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