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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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Aides have variously called for regime change, a grand bargain that reshapes Iran’s foreign policy or a slightly tougher arms-control agreement. The Economist, "A British warship stops Iran seizing an oil tanker," 11 July 2019 And there is simply no way of calculating how many injuries, ranging from minor to major, were sustained at the sprawling 250-acre playground that came to be known, variously, as Class Action Park, Traction Park, Friction Park and Accident Park. Jack Mccallum,, "Remembering Action Park, America's Most Dangerous, Daring Water Park," 1 July 2019 These fractals variously call to mind leaf capillaries, fanning branches of coral, and fluttering feathers. Harper's BAZAAR, "Daniel Humm & Givenchy," 9 Apr. 2019 Known variously as Peat Bog Swamp, Old Crow Swamp and Gutman Swamp, the wetland disappeared completely only with the construction of Lander College for Men, a branch of Touro College, in 2000, and the Opal, a 388-unit apartment complex, in 2004. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Kew Gardens Hills: A Little Town in Central Queens," 7 Mar. 2018 Seven corsets are on view here, for example, made variously of metal, cardboard, leather, plaster, bandages, cotton and felt, and looking like instruments of torture. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving’ Review: Searching for the Artist," 9 Feb. 2019 This approach has variously been referred to as strict construction, original intent, interpretivism, judicial restraint, textualism and originalism. Mark Pulliam, WSJ, "Robert Bork’s Proud Legacy and the Senate’s Shameful One," 31 Aug. 2018 At the start of 2019, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that three of the Andaman Islands would be variously renamed to honor freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Why India’s Andaman Islands Could Be the New Maldives," 4 Jan. 2019 Musk himself wound up in several spats with, variously, Donald Trump, media outlets, Azealia Banks, and investors who short Tesla. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Elon Musk is the first influencer CEO," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of variously

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of variously

: in several or many different ways : in various ways

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