What does vary mean?

Definitions for varyˈvɛər i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vary.

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"


  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

  11. Origin: [OE. varien, F. varier, L. variare, fr. varius various. See Various, and cf. Variate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vary

    vā′ri, v.t. to make different: to diversify, modify: (mus.) to alter or embellish a melody, preserving its identity: (Shak.) to express variously: to change to something else: to make of different kinds.—v.i. to alter or be altered: to be or become different: to change in succession: to deviate (with from): to disagree: (math.) to be subject to continual increase or decrease:—pa.t. and pa.p. vā′ried.n. (Shak.) change.—adj. Vā′ried.—adv. Vā′riedly.—n. Vā′rier, one who varies. [Fr. varier—L. variārevarius.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vary in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Elizabeth Roscoe:

    I will not vary bail. I will leave it as it is.

  2. J. Willard Marriott:

    Customer needs may vary, but their bias for quality never does.

  3. Thursday Trump company:

    While laws vary substantially from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

  4. Luke Skywalker:

    The transits are not regularly spaced in time and they can vary in duration and even depth.

  5. Baltasar Gracian:

    It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.

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