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Definition of various

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of an indefinite number greater than one stop at various towns
2 : individual, separate rate increases granted in the various states
3a : of differing kinds : multifarious
b : dissimilar in nature or form : unlike
4 : varicolored birds of various plumage
5 : having a number of different aspects or characteristics a various place
6 archaic : variable, inconstant

Definition of various (Entry 2 of 2)

: an indefinite number of separate individuals greater than one have read various of her essays

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variousness noun

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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

Examples of various in a Sentence

Adjective 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The delays follow several weeks where various systems have started late or cancelled classes due to severe weather. Leada Gore |, al, "Alabama school delays: Ice, flooding prompt later start times," 21 Feb. 2020 Harvest has various acquisitions in the works across the nation. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "Arizona's biggest marijuana company just got bigger and has plans for major national growth," 20 Feb. 2020 Eight are still facing various charges, including the use of false names on a petition and voter fraud, the district attorney’s office said. NBC News, "Man gets 1 year in Los Angeles Skid Row voter fraud scheme," 20 Feb. 2020 There is a board in the Warsaw wrestling room with various motivational notes and notices about upcoming camps and clinics. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "A child slave. Homeless. Deaf. How one Indiana wrestler makes no excuses on way to state," 20 Feb. 2020 To make that task possible, 46 pounds of weight was shed from various areas. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, "For 2021, Honda Civic Type R Adds a Race-Focused Limited Edition," 20 Feb. 2020 That seemed to change Wednesday night as all six candidates onstage exchanged various blows on the others' records. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Warren attacks on Bloomberg and Buttigieg earn applause and cheers from press," 19 Feb. 2020 In the seven years that followed, the division repositioned the portfolio with an eye toward reducing overlapping risks in various asset classes while maintaining top tier performance – the results of which remain to be seen. oregonlive, "Chief investment officer of Oregon’s public pension fund resigns," 19 Feb. 2020 According to various outlets, the Duchess of Cambridge has been worried about staying close with Harry and concerned that her children won’t get to see enough of their cousin, Archie. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Is Reportedly ‘So Happy’ to Have More Royal Duties," 17 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of various


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

Pronoun, plural in construction

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for various


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

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The first known use of various was in the 15th century

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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Various.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of various

used to refer to several different or many different things, people, etc.
: different from each other


var·​i·​ous | \ ˈver-ē-əs How to pronounce various (audio) \

Kids Definition of various

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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