dynamic

adjective
dy·​nam·​ic | \dī-ˈna-mik \

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 \

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 \ -​mi-​k(ə-​)lē \ 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

But competition and the increasing popularity of one-way flights has changed this dynamic. Dave Seminara, New York Times, "Sizing Up the Bargain Potential of One-Way Airfares," 27 June 2018 Finally, for Grease’s jubilant carnival finale, the filmmakers purposely looked for a football field with a more dynamic aesthetic than those at Venice or Huntington Park. Jared Cowan, Los Angeles Magazine, "Every L.A. Filming Location From Grease, 40 Years Later," 15 June 2018 Backlash against Trump is the defining dynamic in the Democratic Party, and a Democratic woman qualifies as the anti-Trump. Molly Ball, Time, "‘It’s a Sea Change’ for Democratic Women in the Primaries," 14 June 2018 Senior wide receiver Timmy Hernandez said fixing the offense versus defense dynamic has been a common theme on the list of necessary improvements during the past several months. Danny Moran, OregonLive.com, "What's in a name? Jonathan Smith's early attempt to build trust among Oregon State Beavers," 26 Apr. 2018 In the future, they could be made much more dynamic. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The Surprisingly Simple iPad Apps Pilots Use to Make Your Flight Better," 26 Apr. 2018 Those are no small feats against the league’s most dynamic attacking force. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Union lose, 2-0, to Atlanta United as C.J. Sapong's goal drought continues," 7 July 2018 Individual proposals aside, experts haven’t formed a consensus on how to make economically moribund places feel more like economically dynamic ones. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "One County Thrives. The Next One Over Struggles. Economists Take Note.," 29 June 2018 The funding will cover the cost of a software interface that will allow vehicle operators to respond to commuter requests with dynamic, real-time routing. Washington Post, "In Prince William, a high-tech plan to get more commuters out of their cars," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Food and beverage is now part of the dynamics of going to the movies. Steve Jagler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jagler: Marcus Theatres' Rolando Rodriguez is reinventing the moviegoing experience," 22 June 2018 All that is just part of the convoluted political dynamics here. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Labor leader Kasparian hobbled by election results, union rift," 15 June 2018 The candidates, for one, are all fully aware of the dynamics in play — and the consequences of their decisions. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "Democrats have more to lose in California than a few primaries," 4 June 2018 Some of the dynamics that caused the first special session to crash and burn appear to be rearing their heads again. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "With tight deadline looming, Louisiana has no consensus on budget fix," 23 May 2018 Bergmark, who has seen some of the same dynamics play out in the East Bay, says the hottest sector of the market is smaller homes priced between $700,000 and $1.2 million. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Homebuying today: Fewer homes, higher prices, and faster deals," 15 May 2018 For example, in a Guardian profile, Aaron Hicklin wrote that after Emily Gould published her memoir, And The Heart Says Whatever, her parents stopped speaking to her for a time because they were hurt by her characterization of their dynamics. Morgan Jerkins, Longreads, "But What Will Your Parents Think?," 10 May 2018 The playwright and author Barbara Garson captured many of these dynamics in a chapter on airline-reservation clerks in her 1988 anthropological study, The Electronic Sweatshop. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Service Workers Forced to Act Like Robots Meet Their Match," 8 May 2018 Sweet Country, whose director, Warwick Thornton, and cowriter, David Tranter, grew up in central Australia and are themselves indigenous Australians, is unflinching in its portrayal of the corrupting dynamics of colonialism. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Don’t Miss the Stunning Australian Western Sweet Country," 6 Apr. 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

French dynamique, from Greek dynamikos powerful, from dynamis power, from dynasthai to be able

Noun

see dynamic entry 1

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More Definitions for dynamic

dynamic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of dynamic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: always active or changing

: having or showing a lot of energy

: 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

dynamics : the science that studies motion and the forces that cause or stop motion

dynamic

adjective
dy·​nam·​ic | \dī-ˈna-mik \

Kids Definition of dynamic

: always active, energetic, or changing a dynamic city

dynamic

adjective
dy·​nam·​ic | \dī-ˈnam-ik \

Medical Definition of dynamic 

1 also dynamical \ -​i-​kəl \

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 \ adverb

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