fluctuate fluc‧tu‧ate [ˈflʌktʆueɪt] verb [intransitive]
if prices, income, rates etc fluctuate, they change, increasing or falling often or regularly:

• Dealers know that prices fluctuate and that capital losses can be expected.

fluctuate around

• The charity's income tends to fluctuate around £100,000

— fluctuating adjective :

• Exports to non-EU countries will still be subject to fluctuating exchange rates.

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fluctuate UK US /ˈflʌktʃueɪt/ verb [I]
if prices, levels, or interest rates fluctuate, they go up and down: »

Inflation has fluctuated in recent months along with oil prices.

fluctuate between sth and sth »

Dividend yields typically fluctuate between 4 per cent and 6 per cent.

fluctuate with sth »

Over the past months, retail prices have fluctuated with market conditions.

prices/investments/profits fluctuate »

Traders on the New York Stock Exchange monitored their screens and took a wait-and-see approach as prices fluctuated.

fluctuate wildly/significantly/slightly »

Shares have been fluctuating wildly in a volatile market.

fluctuate from day to day/month to month/year to year »

Your cash flow fluctuates from year to year as your portfolio increases or decreases.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Fluctuate — Fluc tu*ate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fluctuated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fluctuating}.] [L. fluctuatus, p. p. of fluctuare, to wave, fr. fluctus wave, fr. fluere, fluctum, to flow. See {Fluent}, and cf. {Flotilla}.] 1. To move as a wave; to roll hither… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fluctuate — Fluc tu*ate, v. t. To cause to move as a wave; to put in motion. [R.] [1913 Webster] And fluctuate all the still perfume. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fluctuate — [fluk′cho͞o āt΄] vi. fluctuated, fluctuating [< L fluctuatus, pp. of fluctuare < fluctus, a flowing, wave < pp. stem of fluere, to flow < IE * bhleu , to swell up, flow (> BLUSTER) < base * bhel , to swell up > BALL1] 1. to… …   English World dictionary

  • fluctuate — I verb alter, alternate, be changeful, be intermittent, be periodic, be unsteady, change, change continuously, fluctuare, intermit, move in waves, pendulate, rise and fall, shift, show variety, swing, vary, wave, waver II index beat (pulsate),… …   Law dictionary

  • fluctuate — 1630s, from L. fluctuatus, pp. of fluctuare to undulate (see FLUCTUATION (Cf. fluctuation)). Related: Fluctuated; fluctuates; fluctuating …   Etymology dictionary

  • fluctuate — oscillate, *swing, sway, vibrate, pendulate, waver, undulate Analogous words: alternate, iotate: waver, vacillate (see HESITATE) Contrasted words: fix, *set, establish, settle: resolve, determine, *decide …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fluctuate — [v] vacillate, change alter, alternate, be undecided, blow hot and cold*, ebb and flow, flutter, go up and down*, hem and haw*, hesitate, oscillate, rise and fall*, seesaw*, shift, swing, undulate, vary, veer, vibrate, wave, waver, yo yo*;… …   New thesaurus

  • fluctuate — ► VERB ▪ rise and fall irregularly in number or amount. DERIVATIVES fluctuation noun. ORIGIN Latin fluctuare undulate , from fluere to flow …   English terms dictionary

  • fluctuate — 01. The value of the Canadian dollar has been [fluctuating] between 65 and 67 cents American for the last few months. 02. You can expect minor [fluctuations] in your weight during the time you are doing heavy exercise. 03. His temperature has… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • fluctuate — v. 1) (D; intr.) to fluctuate between 2) (D; intr.) to fluctuate with (his mood fluctuates with the weather) * * * [ flʌktʃʊeɪt] (D; intr.) to fluctuate between (D;intr.) to fluctuate with (his mood fluctuates with the weather) …   Combinatory dictionary

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