dy·​nam·​ic | \ dī-ˈna-mik How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \

Essential Meaning of dynamic

1 : always active or changing a dynamic city a dynamic relationship
2 : having or showing a lot of energy a dynamic [=enthusiastic] speaker an exciting and dynamic performance
3 technical : of or relating to energy, motion, or physical force the dynamic theory of heat dynamic and potential energy

Full 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 dynamic (audio) \
a : of or relating to physical force or energy
b : of or relating to dynamics (see dynamics entry 1)
3 of random-access memory : requiring periodic refreshment of charge in order to retain data


plural dynamics

Definition of dynamic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a force or factor that controls or influences a process of growth, change, interaction, or activity : a dynamic force or factor a social/cultural/interpersonal dynamic … describes a world order that seems to be evolving from ideology as the principal dynamic— Woody West Denial has always been the most devastating social and political dynamic of the AIDS epidemic …— June E. Osborn Still, one wonders, Is there a way to achieve … results without some of the extraneous nastiness, the relentless controlling dynamic?— Jack McCallum — see also dynamics entry 1

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Other Words from dynamic


dynamically \ dī-​ˈna-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for dynamic

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Veteran Emmanuel Ogbah is a strong pass rusher, and rookie Jaelan Phillips has shown signs of becoming a dynamic player. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, 8 Oct. 2021 Ruck gets a welcome increase in screen time this season; Connor is the one Roy child willing to push back on Logan, and the show can only benefit from exploring that dynamic even further. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 4 Oct. 2021 The Ravens will have the most dynamic player on the field in Lamar Jackson, but the Broncos have made fewer mistakes and have played better defense. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, 1 Oct. 2021 Herbstreit expects to see more of the dynamic player. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 18 Sep. 2021 Brown is a dynamic player who makes his presence known on both sides of the ball. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2021 Her point is that even in a city, nature’s a dynamic player. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 2 Sep. 2021 There is a chance Fields will be a dynamic player before the end of this season. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 25 Aug. 2021 As the college game continues to evolve, will any team be able to challenge Ohio State’s perch at the top of the conference without a dynamic player at the game’s most important position? Nathan Baird, cleveland, 23 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The dynamic of sticky tariffs is evident in U.S. trade relations with China. Noah C. Gould, National Review, 11 Oct. 2021 The dynamic is more flirtatious than romantic, more silly than sensual. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 10 Oct. 2021 For anyone who’s ever attended a PWI, public or private, the dynamic at Winchester was all too familiar. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Thirdly, the whole presentation dynamic may not be the best way to solve a problem. John Shaw, Quartz, 20 Sep. 2021 The free-market dynamic was further characterized by profound industrial and financial deregulation. Frank Van Gansbeke, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 The dynamic has been just the opposite in California’s gubernatorial recall election. Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 The dynamic was unusual, as Saints players, coaches, staff and roughly 120 family members packed into a Dallas hotel beginning Saturday evening. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 This family dynamic is new to us and is stressing us all out. cleveland, 24 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of dynamic


1744, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dynamic


borrowed from French dynamique or New Latin dynamicus "relating to physical force or energy," borrowed from Greek dynamikós "powerful, efficacious," from dýnamis "power, strength, capability" (i-stem derivative, with suffixal -m-, of dýnamai, dýnasthai "to be able, have the strength or capability (to do something), be equivalent to," of uncertain origin) + -ikos -ic entry 1

Note: French dynamique and New Latin dynamicus were popularized, if not introduced, by Gottfried Wilhelm leibniz. The Greek verb dýnamai appears to have been an original nasal present with the -n- infix generalized throughout the paradigm. If an Indo-European base *deu̯h2- (or *deh2u̯-?) "to fit together, join" is reconstructible on the basis of Tocharian B tsuwa "(it) adhered, cohered," Germanic *taujan- "to prepare, make" (see taw entry 1), then dy-n-a- may be allied; assumed is an approximate sense development "be joined" > "fit, be suitable" > "be capable."


borrowed from French dynamique, noun derivative of dynamique dynamic entry 1

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“Dynamic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamic. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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 dynamic (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

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dynamically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dynamic (audio) \ adverb

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