Oscillate means to move back and forth, to swing back and forth. When the price of a stock oscillates, it moves up and down a lot over a short period of time.

  • The stock prices oscillated throughout the day.

  • The oscillation of the fan blades creates a noise.

Definition of oscillate


be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action


hover, vacillate, vibrate


move or swing from side to side regularly



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Example Sentences for oscillate

  • 1

    If the support is moved, the mode of oscillation of the pendulum will change.

  • 2

    It is important in the understanding of neutrino oscillations.

  • 3

    The question is what is the frequency of the oscillation.

  • 4

    Both the film and the record oscillate on this question.

  • 5

    It is easily identified by the oscillating melody in the xylophones.

  • 6

    The direction of oscillation is along the direction of travel.

  • 7

    The frequency of an oscillation or a wave is the reciprocal of the period.

  • 8

    The frequency of oscillation is as given in the previous section.

  • 9

    The reason for the oscillation is due to the conservation of energy.

  • 10

    It oscillates throughout the day, producing the diurnal tides.