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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Recent Examples on the Web Less well-known, but on menus all over Europe, the Balkans, and Latin America, is Salade Russe (variously known as Salade Olivier, Olivye Salat, Ensalada Rusa, Russian Salad), originally made for celebrations., 1 June 2021 Community representatives were involved in coordinating the removal of flowers, artwork and variously sized barriers and shacks, said city spokeswoman Sarah McKenzie. Star Tribune Staff, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 Recent draft proposals from the EU were accused variously of overreach, techno-illiteracy, and being full of loopholes. Tom Simonite, Wired, 3 June 2021 But promising work is being done in this field, which is variously referred to as continuous learning, continual learning, online learning, lifelong learning and incremental learning. Rob Toews, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Suspicion initially fell variously on her landlord, her business manager and the underworld crime syndicate. Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2021 Shadows and light are integrated with the dancers’ variously studied and vibrant movements. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2021 The Premonition, in which a handful of doctors, academics and government officials who anticipated the Covid-19 pandemic were variously successful and stymied by systemic factors, might be his most archetypal story yet. Cody Delistraty, WSJ, 3 May 2021 These remarks have been variously denied by election authorities and top brass in voting hardware companies Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of variously

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jun 2021

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“Variously.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of variously

: in several or many different ways : in various ways

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