vary


vary

verb \ˈver-ē\

: to be different or to become different

: to make (something) different : to make changes to (something) so that it is not always the same

var·iedvary·ing

Full Definition of VARY

transitive verb
1
:  to make a partial change in :  make different in some attribute or characteristic
2
:  to make differences between items in :  diversify
intransitive verb
1
:  to exhibit or undergo change <the sky was constantly varying>
2
3
:  to take on successive values <y varies inversely with x>
4
:  to exhibit divergence in structural or physiological characters from the typical form
vary·ing·ly \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of VARY

  1. The terrain varies as you climb higher.
  2. The cost of a room at the hotel varies with the season.
  3. Their services vary depending on the customer.
  4. They've tried to improve their procedures, with varying degrees of success.
  5. The diamonds vary in size.
  6. Colors vary from light to dark.
  7. I try to vary my diet by eating different kinds of foods.

Origin of VARY

Middle English varien, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French varier, from Latin variare, from varius various
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to VARY

Synonyms
contrast, differ
Antonyms
compare, match
See Synonym Discussion at change

vary

intransitive verb \ˈver-ē, ˈvar-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
var·iedvary·ing

Medical Definition of VARY

: to exhibit divergence in structural or physiological characters from the typical form

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