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Definition to alternately increase and decrease in quantity
  • "I'm not overweight. I fluctuate between chubby and curvy."
fluctuate = alternately increase and decrease in quantity
  • The stock market fluctuates.
  • fluctuates = alternately increases and decreases
  • My courage and my resolution is firm; but my hopes fluctuate, and my spirits are often depressed.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • fluctuate = alternately increase and decrease
  • The frontiers between the three super-states are in some places arbitrary, and in others they fluctuate according to the fortunes of war, but in general they follow geographical lines.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • fluctuate = change back and forth
  • The cable was erected in 1970 to chart the Teklanika's seasonal fluctuations; hydrologists traveled back and forth above the river by means of an aluminum basket that is suspended from the cable with pulleys.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • fluctuations = increases and decreases
  • I think that voice held him most, with its fluctuating, feverish warmth, because it couldn't be over-dreamed — that voice was a deathless song.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • But her temper was fluctuating; joy for a few instants shone in her eyes, but it continually gave place to distraction and reverie.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • fluctuating = changing
  • Ferret and the De Jongs and Ernest Lilly — they came to gamble, and when Ferret wandered into the garden it meant he was cleaned out and Associated Traction would have to fluctuate profitably next day.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • fluctuate = change
  • Eastasia, smaller than the others and with a less definite western frontier, comprises China and the countries to the south of it, the Japanese islands and a large but fluctuating portion of Manchuria, Mongolia, and Tibet.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • fluctuating = changing back and forth
  • My application was at first fluctuating and uncertain; it gained strength as I proceeded and soon became so ardent and eager that the stars often disappeared in the light of morning whilst I was yet engaged in my laboratory.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • fluctuating = alternately increasing and decreasing
  • Her family had of late been exceedingly fluctuating.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Perhaps what we thought we saw was just an optical illusion, a mere reflection of a momentary fluctuation in the light streaming through the window.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Far to the left Leamas caught sight of a fluctuating light just above the skyline, constantly altering in strength, like the reflection of a fire.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • The price of silver fluctuates; but the world supply of nickel is limited, and nickel's a sure thing.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • More precisely, they fluctuated between high optimism and extreme depression.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Being with him wasn't without its frustrations for a woman accustomed to less fluctuating moods.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Thy resolution may fluctuate on the wild and changeful billows of human opinion, but mine is anchored on the Rock of Ages.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • So the changing, swaying emotions fluctuated in Venters's heart.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • I fluctuate a little; that's the truth.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Imprisonment had made channels for his character, which would never fluctuate as widely now as in the past.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India

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