- 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 fluctuating
The tablet, which Fujitsu hopes to release as early as 2015, works by fluctuating the friction between your finger and the screen.Your Dentist Is Watching You Brush
February 27, 2014
Gender fluid people may have dynamic or fluctuating understandings of their gender, moving between categories as feels right.What Each of Facebook’s 51 New Gender Options Means
Debby Herbenick PhD, Aleta Baldwin
February 15, 2014
The tent's digital glow and fluctuating lighting evoked a very, very fancy wedding.Livni's Call To "Divorce" Palestinians
March 13, 2013
The idea is that a nation is a sort of intimate and fluctuating everywhere.Do National Writers Still Exist?
November 28, 2010
We live—increasingly—in an intimate and fluctuating everywhere.How Long, How Long Did We Sing that Song?
June 16, 2010
Once more he sat listening to that whining, fluctuating wave.The End of Time
Were that so, not only all morality, but all science and all knowledge were fluctuating as sand.An Ethnologist's View of History
Daniel G. Brinton
With what fluctuating emotions I looked forward to meeting him again!
I do not like that fluctuating color, or that quick, irregular breathing.
Man's own fluctuating opinion is the measure and standard of all things.Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
- 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 fluctuating
1630s, from Latin fluctuatus, past participle of fluctuare "to undulate" (see fluctuation). Related: Fluctuated; fluctuates; fluctuating.