Fluctuate meaning

flŭkcho͝o-āt
To fluctuate is defined as to change in amount or rise and fall.

An example of fluctuate is when a temperature goes from hot to cold to hot.

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To vary irregularly, especially in amount.

School enrollment has fluctuated from year to year.

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To be continually changing or varying in an irregular way.

Prices fluctuated wildly.

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To cause to fluctuate.
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(intransitive) To vary irregularly; to swing.
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(intransitive) To undulate.
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To cause to vary irregularly.
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To move back and forth or up and down; rise and fall; undulate, as waves.
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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