verb (used without object), fluc·tu·at·ed, fluc·tu·at·ing.
verb (used with object), fluc·tu·at·ed, fluc·tu·at·ing.
Origin of fluctuate
Examples from the Web for fluctuate
Student newspapers tend to fluctuate between male and female editorships.
The fortunes of war may fluctuate, the rose may fade; but Congress is ever stable.The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 1|Robert H. Newell
Their poor hearts seem to fluctuate between "graves in Egypt" and death in the wilderness.The Assembly of God|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
As to fares, we learn from the "Guide" that they fluctuate according to day or night or the number of passengers in a carriage.The Strand Magazine|Various
It was not an unheard-of thing for the value of such properties to fluctuate.VC -- A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea|David Christie Murray
Pike are present sometimes in great quantity, but the supply seems to fluctuate considerably.The Handbook to the Rivers and Broads of Norfolk & Suffolk|G. Christopher Davies
British Dictionary definitions for fluctuate
Word Origin for fluctuate
Word Origin and History for fluctuate
1630s, from Latin fluctuatus, past participle of fluctuare "to undulate" (see fluctuation). Related: Fluctuated; fluctuates; fluctuating.