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

Definition of variously

1 : in various ways : at various times was variously occupied teaching, farming, and clerking
2 : by various designations known variously as principal, headmaster, and rector

Examples of variously in a Sentence

He has been variously described as a hero and a villain. The term is spelled variously in different places. The concept of freedom has been variously understood by different people.
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First Known Use of variously

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Aug 2022

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“Variously.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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