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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 Austen Erblat is a reporter covering various communities in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel Media Group. Austen Erblat,, "Park Vista marching band off to national competition for first time," 13 Nov. 2019 After moving from high schools, the school board began analyzing polygon moves affecting various elementary and middle schools. Jess Nocera,, "Howard redistricting: School board moves past high schools, begins discussing middle and elementary levels," 13 Nov. 2019 For her various appearances this year, Middleton has regularly worn chunky block heels, a sturdy silhouette that’s a more arch-friendly alternative to her beloved pin-thin stilettos. Vogue, "Kate Middleton’s Comfortable Pumps Are the Perfect Work Shoe," 12 Nov. 2019 After Williams died, the brothers went through her house and stole the various items and left with them in her car, the complaint charges. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brothers charged in former neighbor's death during home robbery," 11 Nov. 2019 Police fired tear gas and deployed a water cannon in various parts of the city on Monday and charged onto the campus of Chinese University, where students were protesting. Alice Fung, Anchorage Daily News, "Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire in new escalation in conflict," 11 Nov. 2019 There were various factors that led to this difficult decision. Adam Lukach,, "Fulton Galley food hall closing after less than 4 months," 8 Nov. 2019 There are multiple ways to look at NAEP results, and the official website has a tool for downloading data by various factors. al, "Alabama schools struggle compared to southeast states, test shows," 7 Nov. 2019 An arriving officer located the Cleveland thief, who was arrested for stealing various items. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma woman drives vehicle through retention pond fence: Brooklyn Police Blotter," 6 Nov. 2019

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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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16 Nov 2019

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

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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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