fluctuate

verb
fluc·​tu·​ate | \ ˈflək-chə-ˌwāt How to pronounce fluctuate (audio) , -chü-ˌāt \
fluctuated; fluctuating

Definition of fluctuate

intransitive verb

1 : to shift back and forth uncertainly Oil prices fluctuated. Temperatures fluctuated.
2 : to rise and fall in or as if in waves The boat fluctuated on the rough sea.

transitive verb

: to cause to fluctuate

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swing, sway, oscillate, vibrate, fluctuate, waver, undulate mean to move from one direction to its opposite. swing implies a movement of something attached at one end or one side. the door suddenly swung open sway implies a slow swinging or teetering movement. trees swaying in the breeze oscillate stresses a usually regular alternation of direction. an oscillating fan vibrate suggests the rapid oscillation of an elastic body under stress or impact. the vibrating strings of a piano fluctuate suggests constant irregular changes of level, intensity, or value. fluctuating interest rates waver stresses irregular motion suggestive of reeling or tottering. the exhausted runner wavered before collapsing undulate suggests a gentle wavelike motion. an undulating sea of grass

Examples of fluctuate in a Sentence

His popularity has fluctuated during his term in office. In the desert, the temperature fluctuates dramatically.
Recent Examples on the Web Some are linked to bonds, which can fluctuate in value. Allison Morrow, CNN, 12 May 2022 In theory, stablecoins are better-suited to commercial transactions than other cryptocurrencies that can fluctuate in value. CBS News, 12 May 2022 Alabi hopes Afriex will be able to give people in Africa a place to store their money that doesn't fluctuate or get impacted by external forces as much as the current currencies do. Rebecca Szkutak, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 The Enquirer will regularly update these rankings which can fluctuate as the season nears based on offers, performances at camps as well as overall improvement from one season to the next. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 30 Mar. 2022 The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is now looking at imposing per-mile fees on drivers that could fluctuate with traffic, also known as congestion pricing. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 However, economic variables tend to fluctuate, and only a fool would assume that a current economic trend will last forever. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 4 Feb. 2022 While deaths tend to fluctuate more than cases and hospital admissions, Walensky said at the briefing Friday, the most recent seven-day average is slightly higher than the average earlier in the week. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 27 Feb. 2021 Statements concerning market trends are based on current market conditions, which will fluctuate. Dan Rosenbloom, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fluctuate

1604, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

History and Etymology for fluctuate

Latin fluctuatus, past participle of fluctuare, from fluctus flow, wave, from fluere — more at fluid

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The first known use of fluctuate was in 1604

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16 May 2022

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“Fluctuate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluctuate. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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fluctuate

verb
fluc·​tu·​ate | \ ˈflək-chə-ˌwāt How to pronounce fluctuate (audio) \
fluctuated; fluctuating

Kids Definition of fluctuate

: to change continually and especially up and down The temperature fluctuated.

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