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"oscillate" in British English

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oscillateverb [I]

uk   /ˈɒs.ɪ.leɪt/  us   /ˈɑː.səl.eɪt/
to ​moverepeatedly from one ​position to another: The ​needle on the ​dial oscillated betweenfull and ​empty.
formal If you oscillate between ​feelings or ​opinions, you ​changerepeatedly from one to the other: My ​emotions oscillate betweendesperation and ​hope.
specialized physics (of a ​wave or ​electriccurrent) to ​changeregularly in ​strength or ​direction
oscillation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌɒs.ɪˈleɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌɑː.səlˈeɪ.ʃən/ formal or specialized
(Definition of oscillate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"oscillate" in American English

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oscillateverb [I]

 us   /ˈɑs·əˌleɪt/
to move ​repeatedly from ​side to ​side or up and down between two ​points, or to ​vary between two ​states or ​amounts, or ​feelings or ​opinions: She oscillates between ​cooperation and ​hostility.
oscillation
noun [C/U]  us   /ˌɑs·əˈleɪ·ʃən/
Mealtimes ​stronglyinfluence this ​daily oscillation in ​bloodsugar, or ​glucose, ​concentrations.
(Definition of oscillate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"oscillate" in Business English

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oscillateverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈɒsɪleɪt/
to ​move repeatedly from one ​position to another: oscillate between sth and sth The ​stock has ​spent most of the past five ​years oscillating between $3 and $5. The FTSE 100 ​indexclosed up 2.4%, having oscillated wildly throughout the week.
oscillation
noun [C or U]
a ​longperiod of oscillation between ​profit and ​loss
(Definition of oscillate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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