Simple Definition of various
—used to refer to several different or many different things, people, etc.
: different from each other
Full Definition of various
2 : varicolored <birds of various plumage>
4 : having a number of different aspects or characteristics <a various place>
5 : of an indefinite number greater than one <stop at various towns>
Examples of various in a sentence
He has lived in places as various as New York and Beijing.
<for their various and bizarrely shaped plumage, males of the bird of paradise species have few rivals>
Origin of various
Middle English, probably from Medieval Latin *variosus, from Latin varius
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of various
Numerous commentators have condemned different than in spite of its use since the 17th century by many of the best-known names in English literature. It is nevertheless standard and is even recommended in many handbooks when followed by a clause, because insisting on from in such instances often produces clumsy or wordy formulations. Different from, the generally safe choice, is more common especially when it is followed by a noun or pronoun.
Definition of various
: an indefinite number of separate individuals greater than one <have read various of her essays>
First Known Use of various
VARIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of various for Students
1 : of different kinds <On the walls, repeated in various colors, hung several portraits of Queen Victoria … — Mary Norton, The Borrowers>
2 : different one from another : unlike <The projects are in various stages of completion.>
3 : made up of an indefinite number greater than one <Various church groups called meetings. — Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder>
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