- 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
Synonyms for fluctuate
Related Words for fluctuatesseesaw, vary, veer, waver, oscillate, hesitate, shift, alternate, undulate, alter, wave, vibrate, swing, flutter, yo-yo
Examples from the Web for fluctuates
Historical Examples of fluctuates
Miss Rawlins fluctuates, as she hears the lady's story, or as she hears mine.Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)
When it becomes panicky and fluctuates and resolves itself into small unheroic deals, woman gets the job.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
Between these limits it fluctuates in a somewhat irregular way, in which the property of periodicity is not conspicuous.
From the former there has been an export trade for many years which fluctuates remarkably according to the demand.
The general rate of interest in the Philippines fluctuates from six to nine per cent.A Visit to the Philippine Islands
- 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 for fluctuate
1630s, from Latin fluctuatus, past participle of fluctuare "to undulate" (see fluctuation). Related: Fluctuated; fluctuates; fluctuating.