var·​i·​ous | \ ˈver-ē-əs \

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


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

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The firms have thrived under right-wing dictators, left-wing democrats and populists of various persuasions. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "Banks, a Food Wholesaler—Even a Condom Factory: Brazil’s Government Is Big Business," 11 Dec. 2018 The simple design of the Walkman grew into various products, from noise-canceling headphones to wireless Bluetooth buds with hours-long battery life. Cassie Shortsleeve, Popular Mechanics, "How 5 Everyday Products Have Changed Through the Ages," 10 Dec. 2018 Fortunately, there are plenty of luxe beauty gifts at various price points that fit every holiday shopping budget. Talia Abbas, SELF, "33 Luxe Products for Beauty Lovers Who Won't Splurge on Themselves," 21 Nov. 2018 The technology deployed to various on-site factories in Yemen is often reported to be new. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Yemen's war on body parts sparks cottage industry in prosthetic limbs," 13 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, a glowing Kylie, whose new gold look is highlighted by a high-necked, floor-length shimmering gown, is at various points seen cradling Travis's body and holding a very adorable lamb (who somehow has the ability to rap) on her lap. Dan Barna, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Transforms Into the Virgin Mary for Travis Scott's "Stop Trying to Be God" Video," 7 Aug. 2018 Danielle and Cole were delighted to connect with the couple’s two daughters, who shared family photos—black-and-white images from the ’60s, color photos from the ’70s and ’80s—that showed the home in various stages of remodel throughout the years. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "‘It was midcentury time capsule-meets-1980s’," 17 Dec. 2018 Since her debut as Hannah Montana in 2006, the singer's personal style has evolved over and over again from bubble gum teen pop star to country sweetheart, '90s club kid, and various infamous style moments in-between. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus’ DIY T-Shirt Just Sent a Powerful Message On Gun Control," 11 Dec. 2018 In addition to Google Fi, Google is adding support for Sprint in the US, EE in the UK, Airtel and Reliance Jio in India, and Truphone and Gigsky in various other countries over the next few months. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Google expands eSIM support on the Pixel 3 to Sprint and several international carriers," 3 Dec. 2018

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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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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 \

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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