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fluctuate

fluctuate

verb fluc·tu·ate \ˈflək-chə-ˌwāt, -chü-ˌāt\

: to change level, strength, or value frequently

fluc·tu·at·edfluc·tu·at·ing

Full Definition of FLUCTUATE

intransitive verb
1
:  to shift back and forth uncertainly
2
:  to ebb and flow in waves
transitive verb
:  to cause to fluctuate
fluc·tu·a·tion \ˌflək-chə-ˈwā-shən, -chü-ˈā-\ noun
fluc·tu·a·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of FLUCTUATE

  1. His popularity has fluctuated during his term in office.
  2. In the desert, the temperature fluctuates dramatically.

Origin of FLUCTUATE

Latin fluctuatus, past participle of fluctuare, from fluctus flow, wave, from fluere — more at fluid
First Known Use: 1634

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