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

Housing supplies were still down 5.3 percent from a year ago, a dynamic that has continued to push up prices. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Home prices are high. What could cool them down?," 12 July 2018 And after the November election, when five seats on the board will be contested, progressives could lock up a veto-proof majority — a dynamic that could hinder Breed’s agenda. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "Cohen’s goal for SF Board of Supervisors’ presidency — a sense of stability," 10 July 2018 Underscoring the political dynamic, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell implicitly took credit for the decision. Greg Stohr, Bloomberg.com, "On Trump, Supreme Court Is as Divided as the Rest of the Nation," 27 June 2018 The new council is younger and more dynamic, emphasising the importance of being able to walk around, of making Minot more pleasant and reviving its centre. The Economist, "How a small town in North Dakota got its groove back," 7 June 2018 The whole social gracelessness of the back-and-forth evoked, for me, the dynamic that had played out in The Handmaid’s Tale, in which the wives are relegated to the social fringes of important gatherings. Monica Lewinsky, Vanities, "Monica Lewinsky: What We All Can Learn from My Disinvitation Debacle," 11 May 2018 Melanie seems to have nothing in her life, save for her work, and the one relationship portrayed in the film — her dynamic with the gallery curator that shows her work — is strained, at best. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Don’t Leave Home is a wonderfully atmospheric waking nightmare," 6 May 2018 The Trump administration, which traffics regularly in bigotry, misinformation, and disrespect, takes full advantage of this dynamic, knowing that even its worst deeds will be graded on a curve. Jay Willis, GQ, "After Attacking Michelle Wolf, Reporters Return to Politely Minding President Who Called Africa a Shithole," 30 Apr. 2018 Finding a healthy emotional dynamic when things go wrong is as essential to your family planning as insurance and finances and health and whether and when to try again. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Not every vacation needs to include extended family," 21 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The dynamics between Trump and heads of government with their own predilections could create some volatile chemistry at the two-day summit. Washington Post, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018 For the first half of Season 2, the dynamic between Ruth and Debbie remains unchanged. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Love Story of Debbie and Ruth," 10 July 2018 The dynamics between Trump and heads of government with their own predilections could create some volatile chemistry at the two-day summit. Raf Casert, Fox News, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018 Since the Mars 2020 problems, the dynamic between OPP and JPL seems better. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "In Search of New Rules to Protect Other Worlds From Earth's Cooties," 2 July 2018 In the series, another mystery of unraveling the twisted dynamics between Adams’ Preaker, mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson) and sister Amma (Eliza Scanlen) proves to be more sinister and calculated than many may have presumed. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sharp Objects' Premiere: Stars Talk Honoring the Silently Wounded, Embracing Female Empowerment," 27 June 2018 Today was all about the dynamic between Meghan Markle and the Queen, as the two road-tripped to Chester (via the royal train, a transport Harry, William, and Kate haven’t even taken before!). Josh Duboff, Vanities, "Meghan Markle Lets Us Know How She’s Enjoying Married Life," 14 June 2018 Whether this changes the dynamic between Quinn and Patricia, or Quinn and Ford, is hard to say. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn owe explanations about past," 11 May 2018 What matters are the stakes a country has in a particular outcome and the power dynamics between the countries in question. Musa Al-gharbi, The New Republic, "How to Torpedo U.S. Credibility," 9 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

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

Noun

see dynamic entry 1

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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

: 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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