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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Fredy Amador has spent years working for various temporary help agencies, packing boxes of baby clothes, quality-checking packages of popcorn and doing other work at warehouses across the Chicago area. Patricia Cohen,, "Paychecks lag as profits soar, and prices erode wage gains," 14 July 2018 Fredy Amador has spent years working for various temporary help agencies, packing boxes of baby clothes, quality-checking packages of popcorn and doing other work at warehouses across the Chicago area. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Paychecks Lag as Profits Soar, and Prices Erode Wage Gains," 13 July 2018 Demonstrators gave various reasons for opposing Mr Trump’s sojourn. The Economist, "Donald Trump is greeted by protests across Britain," 13 July 2018 Hundreds of local and international rescue personnel and volunteers from various agencies took part in the operation. Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier cave diving experts: 'Never heard of anything' like Thailand rescue," 12 July 2018 On the afternoon of July 5, over the course of four hours, the hack was confirmed and reported to various law enforcement agencies. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Timehop breach: U.S. company navigates Europe's new data privacy rules," 11 July 2018 Sabraw said he was encouraged to see the work done by various federal agencies who have been involved in detaining and reuniting parents and children who are spread out around the country. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Judge will not extend deadlines for Trump administration to reunite families," 10 July 2018 My company receives six to eight demands to complete surveys each year from various government agencies. WSJ, "Government Surveys Have Been Useless for My Firm," 9 July 2018 So several times a year, groups of U.S. first-responders from various emergency agencies arrive in Israel for a week-long program of ASTI classroom training and fieldwork alongside their Israeli counterparts. Josh Hasten, Jewish Journal, "U.S. first-responders study methodology in Israel," 3 July 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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