fluctuate

[fluhk-choo-eyt]
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verb (used without object), fluc·tu·at·ed, fluc·tu·at·ing.
  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), fluc·tu·at·ed, fluc·tu·at·ing.
  1. to cause to fluctuate.

Origin of fluctuate

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 formsnon·fluc·tu·at·ing, adjectiveun·fluc·tu·at·ing, adjective

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1. See waver1. 2. oscillate.
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fluctuate

verb
  1. to change or cause to change position constantly; be or make unstable; waver or vary
  2. (intr) to rise and fall like a wave; undulate

Word Origin for fluctuate

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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