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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

Synonym Discussion of VARY

change, alter, vary, modify mean to make or become different. change implies making either an essential difference often amounting to a loss of original identity or a substitution of one thing for another <changed the shirt for a larger size>. alter implies a difference in some particular respect without suggesting loss of identity <slightly altered the original design>. vary stresses a breaking away from sameness, duplication, or exact repetition <vary your daily routine>. modify suggests a difference that limits, restricts, or adapts to a new purpose <modified the building for use by the disabled>.
VARYINGLY Defined for Kids

vary

verb \ˈver-ē\
var·iedvary·ing

Definition of VARY for Kids

1
:  to make a partial change in <He varied the rhythm of the poem.>
2
:  to make or be of different kinds <She varies her exercise routine.>
3
:  to show or undergo change <The sky constantly varies.>
4
:  to differ from the usual members of a group
Medical Dictionary

vary

intransitive verb \ˈver-ē, ˈvar-ē\
var·iedvary·ing

Medical Definition of VARY

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

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