verb (used without object), fluc·tu·at·ed, fluc·tu·at·ing.
verb (used with object), fluc·tu·at·ed, fluc·tu·at·ing.
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What does fluctuate mean?
Fluctuate means to continually change or shift back and forth.
The verb is most commonly used in the context of abstract or intangible things that frequently change, such as temperature, the stock market, or someone’s mood.
This kind of continual change is called fluctuation.
Example: The volume on my TV keeps fluctuating—it gets louder during commercials and then it gets quiet again when the show comes back on.
Where does fluctuate come from?
The first records of the word fluctuate come from the 1600s. It comes from the Latin verb fluctuāre, meaning “to flow,” from fluctus, “a wave.”
Waves in the ocean are always in motion, rising, falling, going back and forth—they’re always fluctuating. Still, fluctuate is most commonly applied to nonphysical things. The amount of money in your bank account will fluctuate as you make deposits and withdrawals. Fluctuation may be predictable or unpredictable. The temperature in deserts often regularly fluctuates between the day, when it’s very hot, and the night, when it can get very cold. But a person’s mood might fluctuate—between happy and grumpy, for example—much more unpredictably.
Things that fluctuate can be said to be in a state of flux—continuous change. (The word flux comes from the same root as fluctuate).
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What are some other forms related to fluctuate?
- fluctuation (noun)
- nonfluctuating (adjective)
- unfluctuating (adjective)
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How is fluctuate used in real life?
Fluctuate can be used in all kinds of contexts, but it’s most often used in discussion of intangible things.
Temperatures can fluctuate up to 50º Fahrenheit in a single day in Canyonlands National Park. http://ow.ly/1sjDi
— Nat Geo Channel (@NatGeoChannel) March 30, 2010
My mood fluctuates more than the stock market.
— Sailing Cloud (@twinitisha) July 31, 2016
I'm sorry you're having a hard time finding the turkey variety right now. Inventory levels at the store are fluctuating, but our production teams are working hard to get them back on the shelves.
— SPAM® Brand (@SPAMbrand) August 20, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for fluctuate
Smith, the Turning Point field director, said, “The number fluctuates and many have gone back to school.”Pro-Trump youth group enlists teens in secretive campaign likened to a ‘troll farm,’ prompting rebuke by Facebook and Twitter|Isaac Stanley-Becker|September 15, 2020|Washington Post
Writing in Ars Technica, John Timmer points out that aligning the coolant channels with all the components in a much more complex chip—whose activity could fluctuate based on the task—would be very tricky.This Microchip Has Its Own Built-In Cooling System|Edd Gent|September 14, 2020|Singularity Hub
In addition, Enten found that favorable ratings can also fluctuate a lot after this point in the election cycle.Trump And Biden Both Got Small Convention Bounces. But Only Biden Got More Popular.|Nathaniel Rakich (firstname.lastname@example.org)|September 11, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Cycle length can vary greatly from woman to woman, and even fluctuate from month to month.
Venture investors last valued the company in 2015 at $20 billion, with the value fluctuating since then on the secondary markets.Prominent Silicon Valley tech company departs for Denver|Verne Kopytoff|August 19, 2020|Fortune
The numbers fluctuate, of course, but some trends can be discerned.
Worst of all, they elide the obvious point that all revolts fluctuate between periods of progress and regression.
Margins fluctuate in every market, and there's no reason for farmers to be treated as a special case.
Other ideas about crying fluctuate between the sociological and the biological.
With liquidity so low, share prices began to wildly fluctuate.How Wall Street Computers Almost Killed Knight Trading|Alex Klein, Matthew Zeitlin|August 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Their dimensions, which vary a good deal, fluctuate between two-fifths and four-fifths of an inch in length.More Hunting Wasps|J. Henri Fabre
Both credit and currency begin to fluctuate wildly with the evaporation of public confidence.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind|Herbert George Wells
The syllable has great inherent sonority and does not fluctuate significantly as to quantity and stress.Language|Edward Sapir
His resolutions might fluctuate, and the pause of a few minutes restore to him his first resolutions.Wieland; or The Transformation|Charles Brockden Brown
Faces begin soon (in Shakspeare's fine expression) to "dislimn:" features fluctuate: combinations of feature unsettle.