What does fluctuate mean?

fluctuate meaning in General Dictionary

To cause to maneuver as a trend to set up movement

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  • To move as a wave to roll hither and thither to wave to float forward and backward as on waves as a fluctuating field of air
  • cause to fluctuate or move around in a wavelike structure
  • move or sway in an increasing and dropping or wavelike design
  • be volatile
  • To move as a wave; to move hither and thither; to wave; to float forward and backward, as on waves; since, a fluctuating industry of environment.
  • To move today in one course and now an additional; to be wavering or unsteady; to-be irresolute or undetermined; to vacillate.
  • To cause to go as a wave; to include movement.

fluctuate meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1630s, from Latin fluctuatus, past participle of fluctuare "to undulate" (see fluctuation). Associated: Fluctuated; fluctuates; fluctuating.


fluctuate meaning in General Dictionary

(v. i.) to go as a wave; to roll hither and thither; to wave; to float backward and forward, as on waves; as, a fluctuating industry of air.

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  • (v. i.) to maneuver now in a single direction now an additional; to be wavering or unsteady; to-be irresolute or undetermined; to vacillate.
  • (v. t.) To cause to move as a wave; to put in motion.

Sentence Examples with the word fluctuate

The arrivals fluctuate greatly in number from year to year, influenced by the prevailing economic conditions in the country.

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