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 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 Cultural critics have variously found vampires to be walking reproaches to colonialism, capitalism, sexism, technological hubris and anything else gnawing on the conscience of the zeitgeist. Daniel Akst, WSJ, "‘The Vampire’ Review: Creatures Made for Haunting," 30 Oct. 2018 Prosecutors are seeking life terms for all three, while defense attorneys are variously pleading for shorter terms of 15, 10 or even time served. Roxana Hegeman, The Seattle Times, "Kansas militia men blame Trump’s rhetoric for planned attack," 30 Oct. 2018 Join the queue for a small tub of soya: barely sweet, custard-soft tofu that satisfies, variously, as a dessert, an appetizer, a palate-cleanser, or a digestif. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 The sheer destructive potential of Poseidon—the thermonuclear warhead is variously estimated at 2 to 100 megatons—means a torpedo attack must be stopped at all costs. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How Can We Stop Russia’s Apocalypse Nuke Torpedo?," 16 Aug. 2018 The boy was given what Thai and American participants described variously as a muscle relaxant or anti-anxiety medication. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 The sounds and sensations in Cuba, and now China, have been variously attributed to sophisticated electronic eavesdropping efforts or a form of aural harassment, with some pointing fingers at Russia or China. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "More Americans Evacuated From China Over Mysterious Ailments," 30 June 2018 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

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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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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