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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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Over time, as the coronavirus outbreak has worsened in India, the government has variously extended and eased its lockdown, but these past two months have not been experienced uniformly. Alia Allana, The Atlantic, "One Biscuit, a Billion Stories," 13 June 2020 There were high school teachers, a pro basketball player — Spur Lonnie Walker — and a multigenerational, multiracial array of San Antonians who variously said or shouted that their patience for police violence against people of color has run out. Bruce Selcraig,, "San Antonio marches on, leaders reiterate goals during fifth day of protests," 3 June 2020 Removal of the Brecksville Dam -- variously known as the Station Road Dam, the Route 82 Dam and the Canal Diversion Dam -- began with an initial feasibility study in 2006. cleveland, "Brecksville Dam removal begins, thanks to forward-thinking, healthy partnerships," 1 June 2020 This is a version of a classic paradox variously called the unexpected hanging or the surprise test, both of which are about a future event whose exact date the protagonist cannot know. Quanta Magazine, "Why Our Perpetual Energy Puzzle Fails," 22 May 2020 Fierce Queens is a show where Reese Witherspoon narrates rah-rah tales of wildlife womanhood, using empowerment language that comes off variously as tone-deaf and absurd. Kristen Baldwin,, "It's Quibi time! 6 shows to check out, and 4 you can definitely skip," 6 Apr. 2020 Even more astounding, according to the story, the father — identified variously as Capt. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Fact check: The tune for taps was not found in a Confederate soldier's pocket by his Union father," 14 May 2020 Isolation hasn’t kept them from Twitter, though, where VCs have been variously quite alarmed or counterintuitively calm. Eric Newcomer,, "Venture Capital Adapts to the Virus Lockdown," 13 May 2020 Trump has variously blamed former President Obama, China, the World Health Organization, Democrats, governors and the media. Los Angeles Times, "Trump’s new 2020 message — it’s not my fault," 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of variously

1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jun 2020

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“Variously.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of variously

: in several or many different ways : in various ways

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