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



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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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


… 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


… 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

Dustin and Steve get their own arc again, but this time their dynamic gets spliced and replicated: Steve with his ice-cream shop coworker Robin (Maya Hawke) and Dustin with Lucas' sister, Erica (Priah Ferguson). Peter Rubin, WIRED, "In Season 3, Stranger Things Rediscovers Its Groove," 4 July 2019 Liverpool had the dynamic SSS trio back in 2013/14 which took them to within a whisker of the Premier League. SI.com, "Newcastle's Non-Takeover: Picking a Free Signings XI for 2019/20 Under Mike Ashley," 3 July 2019 Zazuetta, a dynamic playmaker off the dribble, led Segerstrom to an undefeated run through the league. Daily Pilot Staff, latimes.com, "Ocean View’s Helen Reynolds shares Golden West League girls’ basketball MVP award," 3 July 2019 Manager Bob Melvin said there wouldn’t be a straight platoon with Josh Phegley, but having left-handed Herrmann will provide an interesting lineup dynamic on a roster severely lacking in left-handed bats. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Takeaways: A’s beat odds, beat Twins 8-6," 3 July 2019 What in your view makes the Chicago theater scene so dynamic? Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "Jessie Mueller steps out of character — with some trepidation," 3 July 2019 Note that this will also turn off Gmail’s dynamic email feature, which makes emails more interactive. Barbara Krasnoff, The Verge, "How to stop your emails from being tracked," 3 July 2019 For months, the common explanation about why the high-profile senator from New York long seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party has failed to break through in the presidential primary has centered around this dynamic. NBC News, "The ghost of Al Franken and the mystery of the Gillibrand campaign's failure to launch," 1 July 2019 If places with high levels of job creation, often large, dynamic cities, have unacceptably high housing costs, workers can’t take advantage of the growth. James P. Sutton, National Review, "YIMBYism Goes National," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But despite the strange things that keep happening, the other adults remain shockingly ignorant, including Mike’s mom Karen (Cara Buono) who's busy flirting with Max’s stepbrother Billy (Dacre Montgomery) a dynamic that began at the end of Season 2. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: ‘Stranger Things’ reinvents itself for a stellar Season 3," 30 June 2019 According to The Atlantic, the women on-stage were much more likely to speak only when directly addressed by the moderators, which speaks to a very clear gender dynamic. Tiffany Diane Tso, refinery29.com, ""It's My Turn": Biden & Bernie Couldn't Stop Interrupting Everyone," 28 June 2019 Leonardo Bonucci will be Sarri's new Kalidou Koulibaly or David Luiz - the ball-playing machine who gives the team a new dynamic. SI.com, "How Juventus Could Lineup Under Maurizio Sarri Next Season," 18 June 2019 The Veronicas definitely has a different dynamic than most bands. Alex Blynn, Billboard, "The Veronicas Return to Music: 'Life Led Us Back Together Again'," 14 June 2019 Kidd said Freitas’s challenge to Hanger fits a dynamic that has been at work for many years — a Republican establishment figure targeted by a challenger to his right. Washington Post, "Virginians vote Tuesday in primary elections that highlight tensions within parties," 11 June 2019 Embracing this may lead to a reconception of the basic biology of infection and immunity as a time-sensitive dynamic that varies with the hour of the day. Quanta Magazine, "The Body’s Clock Offers a Rhythmic Target to Viruses," 30 May 2019 Trump is hoping to replicate the dynamics that allowed him to take charge of the Republican Party and then the presidency as an insurgent intent on disrupting the status quo. Michael Schneider, The Denver Post, "Trump, in 2020 campaign mode, calls Democrats “radical”," 19 June 2019 Trump is hoping to replicate the dynamics that allowed him to capture the Republican Party and then the presidency in 2016 as an insurgent intent on disrupting the status quo. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump rehashes gripes, rips ‘radical’ Dems in 2020 launch," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of dynamic


1744, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


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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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



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


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 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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