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

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 Just this week, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, an annual compendium that celebrates the world’s most dynamic food and the chefs who craft it, named León Latin America’s Best Female Chef. Sara Lieberman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Award-Winning Peruvian Chef Pia León on Her New Restaurant, Kjolle," 2 Nov. 2018 To that core, the Pacers have signed one of the most dynamic players on the free agent market in Tyreke Evans, and one of the best shooters in Doug McDermott. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Pacers to the NBA — here we come," 6 July 2018 Scorpio Venus Scorpions are shadow dwellers, and similarly, celestial Scorpios derive their dynamic power from the unseen realms. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 Colleges are looking for future members of a dynamic and well-rounded community. Hafeez Lakhani, Seventeen, "Here's Exactly How To Slay the SAT and ACT," 22 July 2018 Downtown genuinely struggled in the late 20th century and into the new millennium, but it's seen a dynamic resurgence in both business and resident interest in recent years. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Where you can live on a typical income around downtown Louisville," 9 July 2018 Even from the other side of a screen, Swiz is a dynamic and accessible teacher. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Education / Gender Issues / LGBTQ+ Alicia Swiz wants to make you a better feminist—by taking her online course," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Just a couple inches totally changes the dynamic of that game there. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers unraveling in sixth inning leads to 7-2 loss in Seattle," 20 May 2018 That’s always been the main obstacle, though the dynamic has changed since Odenkirk’s kids are going off to college and Cross has a daughter at home. BostonGlobe.com, "David Cross doesn’t do ‘dad comedy’ (OK, maybe a little)," 18 May 2018 The dynamics of the lieutenant governor’s race changed Monday, when Democratic gubernatorial front-runner Ned Lamont picked former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz as his running mate. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "NAACP Head Critical Of Connecticut Democrats Over Convention Process," 15 May 2018 Despite the frustration, and the clear demand for more housing, few observers predict this dynamic will change anytime soon. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Homebuying today: Fewer homes, higher prices, and faster deals," 15 May 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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