- to change continually; shift back and forth; vary irregularly: The price of gold fluctuated wildly last month.
- to move back and forth in waves.
- to cause to fluctuate.
Origin of fluctuate
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Examples from the Web for fluctuated
Abortion sentiment has fluctuated over time, but not by very much, and it has gone both up and down in the decades since Roe.Did Legalizing Abortion Cause Single Motherhood to Spike?
January 25, 2013
Lionsgate's stock has fluctuated widely over the last few years, dipping below $5 and reaching as high as $11.Inside Icahn's Hollywood Gambit
March 23, 2010
Now, as the cost of production in Germany fluctuated between £4 5s.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
During that year Henry's opinion on his work had fluctuated.A Great Man
In this case the King wavered and fluctuated in his mind what to do.Life of Sir William Wallace of Elderslie, Vol, II (of II)
John D. Carrick
Kembles opinion seems to have fluctuated; Saxons, i. 177 note, ii.Domesday Book and Beyond
Frederic William Maitland
During the 18th century, it fluctuated between the fourth magnitude and the second.Astronomy
- to change or cause to change position constantly; be or make unstable; waver or vary
- (intr) to rise and fall like a wave; undulate
Word Origin and History for fluctuated
1630s, from Latin fluctuatus, past participle of fluctuare "to undulate" (see fluctuation). Related: Fluctuated; fluctuates; fluctuating.