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 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 \ 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

The model, called iLand, is designed to address the changing dynamic of forests, and can be modified for use in different forest types. Kristen Pope, Discover Magazine, "Wildfire Engulfed Yellowstone 30 Years Ago. Its Recovery Could Predict The Future of the West," 12 Nov. 2018 New and unfamiliar feelings also come up as people age—a person’s sexuality, after all, is dynamic and often in flux across their lifetime. Isabelle Kohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "For the Best Sex of Your Life—Ask Old People," 17 Oct. 2018 Uber and Lyft already use dynamic pricing on their apps. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Ride-hail companies to push for congestion pricing in Seattle as city considers tolling downtown streets," 8 Oct. 2018 The report also didn't clarify if or how the book will include price information, since the site hinges so largely on dynamic pricing and Prime-exclusive deals. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Report: Amazon will publish toy catalog this holiday to fill Toys ‘R Us void," 5 July 2018 How to book it for less than coach: Flying Blue, Air France and KLM’s mileage program, recently introduced dynamic pricing on award tickets, so redemption values are constantly in flux. Fortune, "How to Fly the World’s Best Business Class for Less Than Coach," 26 June 2018 Pete Gould, a transportation policy expert at Shared Mobility Strategies who previously worked with Uber, said regulatory discussions about price caps were common in the early days of ride-hailing, when the concept of dynamic pricing was new. Tracey Lien, latimes.com, "Honolulu lawmakers agree to cap surge pricing for Uber and Lyft," 7 June 2018 The season also brought the first air vehicle — a fighter plane — as well as zip lines for speedier travel and more dynamic combat. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 Here’s hoping this dynamic duo gets to reunite onscreen again … maybe with their pants on this time. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Joey King Pantsed Her "Kissing Booth" Costar Joel Courtney," 13 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This dynamic has been especially prevalent in coastal markets like New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, which tend to be expensive anyway. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Housing market signaled potential future downturn in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 This dynamic was thrust into the spotlight recently with news that six professional drivers in the city died by suicide over a period of 12 months in 2017 and 2018, including three taxi drivers who were struggling to make ends meet. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "New York City passes nation’s first minimum pay rate for Uber and Lyft drivers," 5 Dec. 2018 That dynamic was on display in Facebook’s earnings report Tuesday, when the social network reported a slight revenue miss but stronger than expected profit for the July-September period. Barbara Ortutay, The Seattle Times, "Facebook caught in an election-security Catch-22," 30 Oct. 2018 If an interpersonal dynamic is no longer serving your soul, prepare for an important — and extremely cathartic — release. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 The same dynamic is at play for today's gibbons, says David Chivers, a primatologist who retired from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Vanished ape found in ancient Chinese tomb, giving clues to its disappearance," 21 June 2018 While the two didn't reignite their debate for the rest of the show, their dynamic appeared to be a bit off. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Stars Joy Behar and Meghan McCain Get Into Huge Fight After George H.W. Bush Tribute," 3 Dec. 2018 But the British/American dynamic is definitely there — and cookies are apparently important to both, since Stacey is an intense baker. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Vanessa Hudgens's "The Princess Switch" Is Reminding Fans of "The Lizzie McGuire Movie," "Monte Carlo," and More," 8 Nov. 2018 Each spreads through a population according to its peculiar viral dynamics — some ricochet through a population and then burn out, while others come and go with the seasons. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "That Trump tank meme on Cesar Sayoc’s van was made as a joke, creator says," 26 Oct. 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

: 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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