Fluctuate Definition

fluctuated, fluctuates, fluctuating
fluctuated, fluctuates, fluctuating
To cause to fluctuate.
Webster's New World
To move back and forth or up and down; rise and fall; undulate, as waves.
Webster's New World
To vary irregularly, especially in amount.
School enrollment has fluctuated from year to year.
American Heritage
To be continually changing or varying in an irregular way.
Prices fluctuated wildly.
Webster's New World

(intransitive) To undulate.


Origin of Fluctuate

  • Latin flūctuāre flūctuāt- from flūctus a flowing from past participle of fluere to flow bhleu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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