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

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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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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 Assange has described himself variously as the group’s spokesman, publisher and editor. Frank Miles, Fox News, "WikiLeaks names new editor-in-chief, replacing Julian Assange," 26 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, the grand jury report variously praises and condemns Wuerl. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "DC Archbishop Donald Wuerl faces calls to resign over Catholic sex abuse cover-up," 29 Aug. 2018 Through the artist’s deft chiaroscuro handling, the scene’s remarkably rendered surfaces — paper, wood, cloth, hair, stubbly chicken skin — variously glow. Christopher Knight,, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 The variously slinky and driven choreography features such sidelights as pratfalls, teasingly competitive back-and-forth accents, sassy shoulder shimmies and snappy hand jives. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Minimalism and Me’ Review: Twyla Tharp Tells Her Story," 19 Nov. 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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