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Definition of fluctuate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fluctuate
    he / she / it fluctuates
    past simple fluctuated
    -ing form fluctuating
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  1. 1to change frequently in size, amount, quality, etc., especially from one extreme to another synonym vary
  2. 2 fluctuating prices The documentary follows the fluctuating fortunes of one marketing company. fluctuate between A and B During the crisis, oil prices fluctuated between $40 and $80 a barrel. + adv./prep. Temperatures can fluctuate by as much as 10 degrees. My weight fluctuated wildly depending on how much I ate. My mood seems to fluctuate from day to day. The rate of inflation has been fluctuating around 4% for some time.
noun [countable, uncountable] fluctuation (in/of something) wild fluctuations in interest rates
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