Definitions for fluctuateˈflʌk tʃuˌeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fluc•tu•ateˈflʌk tʃuˌeɪt(v.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. (v.i.)to change continually; vary irregularly; shift back and forth or up and down:

    Prices fluctuated wildly.

  2. to move in waves; undulate.

  3. (v.t.)to cause to fluctuate.

Origin of fluctuate:

1625–35; < L fluctuātus to surge, der. of fluctus wave, flood, der. of fluere to flow


Princeton's WordNet

  1. fluctuate(verb)

    cause to fluctuate or move in a wavelike pattern

  2. fluctuate, vacillate, waver(verb)

    move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern

    "the line on the monitor vacillated"

  3. fluctuate(verb)

    be unstable

    "The stock market fluctuates"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fluctuate(verb)ˈflʌk tʃuˌeɪt

    to vary or alter

    Your weight may fluctuate slightly from day to day.


  1. fluctuate(Verb)

    To vary irregularly; to swing.

  2. fluctuate(Verb)

    To undulate.

  3. fluctuate(Verb)

    To cause to vary irregularly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fluctuate(verb)

    to move as a wave; to roll hither and thither; to wave; to float backward and forward, as on waves; as, a fluctuating field of air

  2. Fluctuate(verb)

    to move now in one direction and now in another; to be wavering or unsteady; to be irresolute or undetermined; to vacillate

  3. Fluctuate(verb)

    to cause to move as a wave; to put in motion


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