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verb [intransitive]     oscillate pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleoscillating
past tenseoscillated
past participleoscillated
  1. 1
    physics to move continuously from side to side at a steady speed around a central point
  2. 2
    to continuously change your feelings, opinions, or decisions from one extreme position to the other
    oscillate between:

    He oscillated between happiness and despair.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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