AskDefine | Define fluctuate

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1 cause to fluctuate or move in a wave-like pattern
2 move or sway in a rising and falling or wavelike pattern; "the line on the monitor vacillated" [syn: vacillate, waver]
3 be unstable; have ups and downs; "The stock market fluctuates"

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  1. To vary irregularly; to swing.
  2. To undulate.
  3. To cause to vary irregularly.


To vary irregularly; to swing
To undulate
To cause to vary irregularly

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alternate, back and fill, bob, bobble, careen, change, chop and change, coggle, dangle, dither, ebb and flow, equivocate, flounder, flutter, go through phases, intermit, lack regularity, librate, lurch, nutate, oscillate, pendulate, pitch, recur, reel, resonate, return, reverse, ring the changes, rock, roll, seesaw, shake, shift, shilly-shally, shuffle, stagger, swag, sway, swing, teeter, teeter-totter, tergiversate, toss, totter, turn, vacillate, vary, vibrate, wag, waggle, wave, waver, wax and wane, wobble
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