various

adjective
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

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

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In the new series, Shane goes through various conspiracy theories, including deep fakes, the recent Apple bug, and the late 2018 California wildfires. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Shane Dawson Drops New YouTube Conspiracy Theory Series and Fans Are Panicking," 31 Jan. 2019 The video included photos from her various engagements, including her meeting with Donald Trump, her first joint appearance with Meghan Markle, and her annual birthday parade, Trooping the Colour, among others. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Just Shared a New Photo of the Day She Got Engaged," 2 Jan. 2019 The house is built from four shipping containers arranged at various angles on a steel frame. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best shipping container houses of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Length: 70 miles | Region: Midwest This byway traces the southern shoreline of Lake Superior, with various parts of the route winding through dense forests, quiet beaches, and the majestic lake itself. Juliet Izon, Woman's Day, "The 12 Most Scenic Drives in the Country to Add to Your Bucket List ASAP," 4 Dec. 2018 And researchers have found associations between inflammation and various chronic diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Eliza Barclay, Vox, "The growth of yoga and meditation in the US since 2012 is remarkable," 11 Nov. 2018 The screen brightness toggle - one of the Action Center buttons—has been changed from a series of buttons toggling through various brightness levels, and replaced with a slider. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10 blocks pesky notifications with improved Focus Assist feature in Build 18277," 7 Nov. 2018 Although folks are at various levels of being able to do that, that’s still a need, and so people connect to that. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘Sorry to Bother You’ director Boots Riley suspects social media platforms are hiding politics they don’t like," 8 Oct. 2018 In a basement laboratory at the University of Michigan, a researcher checks in on 180 tanks holding various combinations of six different North American algal species. Discover Magazine, "Energy to Burn," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of various

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

Pronoun, plural in construction

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for various

Adjective

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

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various

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of various

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

various

adjective
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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