variously

adverb
var·i·ous·ly | \ˈver-ē-əs-lē \

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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The structure has been variously described as a rockabilly coif and an aluminum corset (thanks to its skin of 16,000 hexagonal reflective aluminum tiles). Mary Kaye Schilling, Town & Country, "Discovering the Culture of Mexico City," 18 Oct. 2016 The dictator made no mention of giving up the country's nuclear stockpile, variously estimated to contain between 20 and 100 warheads. Author: Joby Warrick, Anchorage Daily News, "Suspicious factory underscores challenge of verifying North Korea’s nuclear promises," 22 Apr. 2018 The dictator made no mention of giving up the country’s nuclear stockpile, variously estimated to contain between 20 and 100 warheads. Joby Warrick, Washington Post, "Suspicious factory underscores challenge of verifying North Korea’s nuclear promises," 21 Apr. 2018 Beijing’s militarization of the South China Sea islands — which have been claimed variously by China, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines — has been for years a source of tension. New York Times, "U.S. Disinvites China From Military Exercise Amid Rising Tensions," 23 May 2018 Other reports claimed variously that he had been arrested by Syrian troops, mortally wounded in an artillery strike, and poisoned by assassins. Joby Warrick, Washington Post, "New clues bolster belief that ISIS leader is still alive — and busy with a chilling new mission," 19 May 2018 Other reports claimed variously that he had been arrested by Syrian troops, mortally wounded in an artillery strike, and poisoned by assassins. Joby Warrick And Souad Mekhennet, chicagotribune.com, "Clues suggest ISIS leader is still alive — and busy with a chilling new mission," 19 May 2018 Since election day, a public love-fest has enveloped the man known variously as AMLO, for his initials, or El Peje, after a freshwater fish native to the southern state of Tabasco, the new president’s subtropical home turf. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "Once denounced as a political threat, Lopez Obrador is now the darling of Mexico," 10 July 2018 In his time in the Bush White House and his twelve-year stint on the influential D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh has variously alarmed both pro-life and pro-choice advocates. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Kavanaugh nod touches off Supreme Court confirmation battle; Dems warn of 'deaths of countless women'," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of variously

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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variously

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of variously

: in several or many different ways : in various ways

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