Definitions for varyˈvɛər i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

var•yˈvɛər i(v.)var•ied, var•y•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to alter, as in form, appearance, character, or substance; to make different in some way:

    to vary the program each night.

  2. to relieve from uniformity; diversify:

    to vary one's diet.

  3. to alter (a melody or theme) by modification or embellishments.

    Category: Music and Dance

  4. (v.i.)to show diversity; differ:

    Opinions vary.

  5. to undergo change, as in appearance or form.

  6. to change periodically or in succession:

    Demand varies with the season.

  7. to diverge; deviate:

    to vary from the norm.

  8. to be subject to change, as a mathematical function.

  9. to exhibit biological variation.

    Category: Biology

Origin of vary:

1300–50; ME < L variāre, der. of variusvarious

var′y•ing•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. change, alter, vary(verb)

    become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

    "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"

  2. deviate, vary, diverge, depart(verb)

    be at variance with; be out of line with

  3. vary(verb)

    be subject to change in accordance with a variable

    "Prices vary"; "His moods vary depending on the weather"

  4. vary, variegate, motley(verb)

    make something more diverse and varied

    "Vary the menu"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vary(verb)ˈvɛər i

    to change depending on the situation or place

    The cost of the drug can vary by $100 or more.

  2. varyˈvɛər i

    to be very different in different situations

    Health care varies widely among states.

  3. varyˈvɛər i

    (of things in a group) to be different from each other

    His fans vary in age from 10 to 30.

  4. varyˈvɛər i

    to change sth regularly

    Stay healthy by varying the foods you eat.

Wiktionary

  1. vary(Verb)

    To change with time or a similar parameter.

    He varies his magic tricks so as to minimize the possibility that any given audience member will see the same trick twice.

  2. vary(Verb)

    To institute a change in, from a current state; to modify.

    You should vary your diet. Eating just bread will do you harm in the end.

  3. vary(Verb)

    Not to remain constant: to change with time or a similar parameter.

  4. vary(Verb)

    To display differences.

    The sprouting tendency of potatoes varies between cultivars, years and places of growing.

  5. vary(Verb)

    To be or act different from the usual.

    I'm not comfortable with in the Caro-Kann, so I decided to vary and play .

  6. Origin: From varien, from varier, from vario, from ; see various

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vary(verb)

    to change the aspect of; to alter in form, appearance, substance, position, or the like; to make different by a partial change; to modify; as, to vary the properties, proportions, or nature of a thing; to vary a posture or an attitude; to vary one's dress or opinions

  2. Vary(verb)

    to change to something else; to transmute; to exchange; to alternate

  3. Vary(verb)

    to make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversity; to variegate

  4. Vary(verb)

    to embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See Variation, 4

  5. Vary(verb)

    to alter, or be altered, in any manner; to suffer a partial change; to become different; to be modified; as, colors vary in different lights

  6. Vary(verb)

    to differ, or be different; to be unlike or diverse; as, the laws of France vary from those of England

  7. Vary(verb)

    to alter or change in succession; to alternate; as, one mathematical quantity varies inversely as another

  8. Vary(verb)

    to deviate; to depart; to swerve; -- followed by from; as, to vary from the law, or from reason

  9. Vary(verb)

    to disagree; to be at variance or in dissension; as, men vary in opinion

  10. Vary(noun)

    alteration; change

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'vary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3246

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'vary' in Verbs Frequency: #328


Translations for vary

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

vary(verb)

to make, be or become different

These apples vary in size from small to medium.

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