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Rise and fall irregularly in number or amount.‘trade with other countries tends to fluctuate from year to year’‘a fluctuating level of demand’
vary, differ, shift, change, alter, waver, swing, oscillate, alternate, rise and fall, go up and down, see-saw, yo-yo, be unstable, be unsteadyView synonyms
- ‘Mood gently fluctuates as the light levels change, complemented by the rhythm of the mist continually settling and rising.’
- ‘Union membership has fluctuated as different industries rise and decline, governments and generations change.’
- ‘Bond funds also pay income, usually on a monthly basis, but the amount you receive can fluctuate.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘However, experts confirmed that levels of this protein fluctuated naturally.’
- ‘Oxygen levels have fluctuated since the air became oxygen rich, but not by much.’
- ‘As the general price level fluctuates, the dollar is bound to become a unit of different magnitude.’
- ‘He requires large doses of narcotics for pain control and his level of consciousness fluctuates greatly.’
- ‘It also shows a person's ability to govern and fluctuate between rising and falling.’
- ‘Thoreau discovered that the level of the pond fluctuates by about five feet over a period of 25 years.’
- ‘Jobs in industry have fluctuated with the level of the pound.’
- ‘The amount of soap required by MCC fluctuates with the demand.’
- ‘Volume levels fluctuate wildly, leading to constant struggles with the remote.’
- ‘Avoid alcohol because it can cause your blood sugar levels to fluctuate and induces irritability.’
- ‘Symptoms seem to vary from year to year, and crop levels fluctuate.’
- ‘This means that the absolute amount of re-synthesized sucrose fluctuates considerably with fruit age, by as much as a factor of 3.’
- ‘Prices then rose to £25 in the 1730s, and fluctuated about that level into the 1790s.’
- ‘Moods and emotions are varied and fluctuating as you deal with adversaries and rally around friends.’
- ‘The original volume levels fluctuate, particularly when the single takes are employed.’
- ‘The amount owed each month fluctuated with holidays, missed lessons and book expenses.’
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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