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adjective var·i·ous \ˈver-ē-əs\

Definition of various

  1. 1 archaic :  variable, inconstant

  2. 2 :  varicolored <birds of various plumage>

  3. 3a :  of differing kinds :  multifariousb :  dissimilar in nature or form :  unlike

  4. 4 :  having a number of different aspects or characteristics <a various place>

  5. 5 :  of an indefinite number greater than one <stop at various towns>

  6. 6 :  individual, separate <rate increases granted in the various states>

variousness

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Examples of various in a sentence

  1. He has lived in places as various as New York and Beijing.

  2. <for their various and bizarrely shaped plumage, males of the bird of paradise species have few rivals>

Origin and Etymology of various

Middle English, from Latin varius “having contrasting colors, of different kinds, changeable” (of uncertain origin) + Middle English -ous, -os -ous


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of various

different, diverse, divergent, disparate, various mean unlike in kind or character. different may imply little more than separateness but it may also imply contrast or contrariness <different foods>. diverse implies both distinctness and marked contrast <such diverse interests as dancing and football>. divergent implies movement away from each other and unlikelihood of ultimate meeting or reconciliation <went on to pursue divergent careers>. disparate emphasizes incongruity or incompatibility <disparate notions of freedom>. various stresses the number of sorts or kinds <tried various methods>.

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pronoun, plural in construction var·i·ous

Definition of various

  1. :  an indefinite number of separate individuals greater than one <have read various of her essays>

1877

First Known Use of various

1877



VARIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective var·i·ous \ˈver-ē-əs\

Definition of various for English Language Learners

  • —used to refer to several different or many different things, people, etc.

  • : different from each other


VARIOUS Defined for Kids

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adjective var·i·ous \ˈver-ē-əs\

Definition of various for Students

  1. 1 :  of different kinds <On the walls, repeated in various colors, hung several portraits of Queen Victoria … — Mary Norton, The Borrowers>

  2. 2 :  different one from another :  unlike <The projects are in various stages of completion.>

  3. 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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