Definition of fluctuate in English:

fluctuate

Line breaks: fluc¦tu|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈflʌktʃʊeɪt
 
, -tjʊ-/

verb

[no object]
  • Rise and fall irregularly in number or amount: trade with other countries tends to fluctuate from year to year (as adjective fluctuating) a fluctuating level of demand
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    • It also shows a person's ability to govern and fluctuate between rising and falling.
    • They stare into an infinite chasm that opens up in the face of using a limited amount of notes that fluctuate from serene moments to bawling noise storms.
    • This means that the absolute amount of re-synthesized sucrose fluctuates considerably with fruit age, by as much as a factor of 3.
    Synonyms
    vary, differ, shift, change, alter, waver, swing, oscillate, alternate, rise and fall, go up and down, see-saw, yo-yo, be unstable, be unsteady

Origin

mid 17th century (earlier (late Middle English) as fluctuation): from Latin fluctuat- 'undulated', from the verb fluctuare, from fluctus 'flow, current, wave', from fluere 'to flow'.

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