variegated; variegating

transitive verb

: to diversify in external appearance especially with different colors : dapple
: to enliven or give interest to by means of variety
ˈver-ē-ə-ˌgā-tər How to pronounce variegate (audio)

Examples of variegate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And there was considerable evidence of current ideas on baroque performance practice: buoyant rhythms, variegated (not absolute) legato, sparing string vibrato. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 13 Mar. 2023 Take Cues from the Landscape For this garden door container, red-orange copperleaf and variegated sea hibiscus tie into the color of a nearby Japanese maple. Miranda Crowell, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Mar. 2023 Pesto Perpetuo’ basil grabs attention right away thanks to its upright growth and variegated leaves. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 May 2020 These wings are variegated and flecked with pigment, taking on the radiant transparency of monochrome stained glass. Daisy Alioto, The New York Review of Books, 27 Mar. 2020 There is an enormous variegated monstera with big white splotches, like the splatter on a painter’s jeans. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 19 Feb. 2020 Aureomarginata’ with pink buds opening to white blooms, variegated leaves edged in gold, and a spreading habit maturing at 3 feet by 4 feet. oregonlive, 30 Jan. 2020 This is stained glass—actually overlaid plates of variegated... Edward Rothstein, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2019 The men are variegated in their dress; the angels are uniformly clad and colored but individualized, especially in their posture and gestures. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, 17 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Latin variegātus, past participle of variegāare "to diversify with different colors," from varius "having contrasting colors, various entry 1" + -egāre, variant of -igāare, verb suffix based on -ig-, nominal derivative of agere "to drive, do," as in rēmig-, rēmex "oarsman," hence rēmigāre "to row" — more at agent

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of variegate was in 1653

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“Variegate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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