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fluctuate

[fluhk-choo-eyt] /ˈflʌk tʃuˌeɪt/
verb (used without object), fluctuated, fluctuating.
1.
to change continually; shift back and forth; vary irregularly:
The price of gold fluctuated wildly last month.
2.
to move back and forth in waves.
verb (used with object), fluctuated, fluctuating.
3.
to cause to fluctuate.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin fluctuātus undulated, past participle of fluctuāre to flow, equivalent to fluctu(s) a flowing (derivative of fluere to flow) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
nonfluctuating, adjective
unfluctuating, adjective
Synonyms
1. See waver1 . 2. oscillate.
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Examples from the web for fluctuated
  • Of course climate fluctuated in the past, yet species adapted and flourished.
  • Since then, the rates have fluctuated, but this is the first time the tax has been repealed altogether.
  • We do know, however, that shares fluctuated in value.
  • As the abundance of different seeds fluctuated, so too did the beak sizes.
  • Membership fluctuated dramatically, particularly as a result of failed strikes.
British Dictionary definitions for fluctuated

fluctuate

/ˈflʌktjʊˌeɪt/
verb
1.
to change or cause to change position constantly; be or make unstable; waver or vary
2.
(intransitive) to rise and fall like a wave; undulate
Word Origin
C17: from Latin fluctuāre, from fluctus a wave, from fluere to flow
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Word Origin and History for fluctuated

fluctuate

v.

1630s, from Latin fluctuatus, past participle of fluctuare "to undulate" (see fluctuation). Related: Fluctuated; fluctuates; fluctuating.

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fluctuated in Medicine

fluctuate fluc·tu·ate (flŭk'chōō-āt')
v. fluc·tu·at·ed, fluc·tu·at·ing, fluc·tu·ates

  1. To vary irregularly.

  2. To rise and fall in waves; undulate.


fluc'tu·a'tion n.
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