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

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 collaborative’s focus is weaving together various efforts that will adhere to a common set of principles laid out in a recent white paper. Author: Lori Aratani, Anchorage Daily News, "Digital health passports promise to simplify travel, but come with a lack of standards," 28 Feb. 2021 The math camp breaks the rural students’ isolation from the global scientific community, introducing children to enthusiastic researchers from various backgrounds who are eager to share their passion. Julia Brodsky, Forbes, "How Indigenous Groups Raise Youth Who Are Passionate About Math," 27 Feb. 2021 Pfleger, 71, has remained silent about the allegations except for various comments on social media. Christy Gutowski,, "As DCFS closes its investigation, the Rev. Pfleger still not allowed back at St. Sabina," 27 Feb. 2021 The range of limits proposed by various lawmakers has the potential to significantly change the cost of candidate campaigns. oregonlive, "Oregon voters want to limit money in politics, but lawmakers might not get there this session," 27 Feb. 2021 There is also a session on the various virus variants — say that three times fast! Helen Branswell, STAT, "Tracking an FDA advisory panel’s meeting on J&J’s Covid-19 vaccine," 27 Feb. 2021 The classic franchise surged in popularity in 1998 through games released on the Nintendo Game Boy, says The Pokémon Company, and have had a home on various Nintendo home consoles and handheld devices. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Pokémon turns 25: Remakes of handheld games 'Diamond' and 'Pearl' coming to Nintendo Switch," 27 Feb. 2021 Bugenhagen's decision means the court can again schedule hearings and other proceedings, ultimately leading to a trial or trials on the various charges. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Student shot by police after he allegedly brought a BB gun to Waukesha South High School is competent to stand trial," 27 Feb. 2021 These three-ply reusable face masks come in packs of four and in various color palettes like Sophisticated, Neutrals and Colorful. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "200 Black-owned businesses to support in 2021," 27 Feb. 2021

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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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1 Mar 2021

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“Various.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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