What does fluctuate mean?

Definitions for fluctuateˈflʌk tʃuˌeɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fluctuate.

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"


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fluctuate

    fluk′tū-āt, v.i. to float backward and forward: to roll hither and thither: to be irresolute.—v.t. to cause to move hither and thither.—adjs. Fluc′tuant; Fluc′tuāting.—ns. Fluctuā′tion, a rising and falling like a wave: motion hither and thither: agitation: unsteadiness; Fluctuos′ity.—adj. Fluc′tuous. [L. fluctuāre, -ātumfluctus, a wave—fluĕre, to flow.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fluctuate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fluctuate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Clements:

    They really do fluctuate quite a bit with time.

  2. Former Miss Alabama Katherine Webb:

    I do suffer from a thyroid problem and so that has been an issue for me, my weight can fluctuate.

  3. Sverre Flaaskjaer:

    We might see the (oil) price fluctuate quite a bit, but in the long term we believe it is going to go up.

  4. Seo Myung-chan:

    Today's sharp rebound came following continuous falls. Markets will fluctuate ahead of FOMC (Fed rates meeting) next week as everyone is waiting for it.

  5. Sebastian Soderberg:

    We believe that it will be competitive with oil-based products, but it would obviously take a longer time for us if the oil price stays at this level. But commodity prices fluctuate.

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