var·​i·​ous | \ ˈver-ē-əs How to pronounce various (audio) \

Definition of various

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of an indefinite number greater than one stop at various towns
2 : individual, separate rate increases granted in the various states
3a : of differing kinds : multifarious
b : dissimilar in nature or form : unlike
4 : varicolored birds of various plumage
5 : having a number of different aspects or characteristics a various place
6 archaic : variable, inconstant

Definition of various (Entry 2 of 2)

: an indefinite number of separate individuals greater than one have read various of her essays

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variousness noun

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different, diverse, divergent, disparate, various mean unlike in kind or character. different may imply little more than separateness but it may also imply contrast or contrariness. different foods diverse implies both distinctness and marked contrast. such diverse interests as dancing and football divergent implies movement away from each other and unlikelihood of ultimate meeting or reconciliation. went on to pursue divergent careers disparate emphasizes incongruity or incompatibility. disparate notions of freedom various stresses the number of sorts or kinds. tried various methods

Examples of various in a Sentence

Adjective He has lived in places as various as New York and Beijing. for their various and bizarrely shaped plumage, males of the bird of paradise species have few rivals
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On Saturday, models and visualizations from various space research organizations showed the debris could land along numerous flight paths crossing the globe. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "After days of uncertainty, Chinese rocket reenters atmosphere over Indian Ocean," 9 May 2021 Luckily, various organizations and businesses, sometimes even direct competitors, have announced some significant partnerships. Puneet Maheshwari, Forbes, "Teaming Up Against New Variants: A Vital Alliance Between Technology, Business, Government And Healthcare," 6 May 2021 Starr owns roughly 5,000 apartments in San Antonio and another 3,000 nationally through his various tax-exempt organizations, according to an Express-News story. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, "Daughter of prominent S.A. developer killed in hit-and-run, police searching for driver," 5 May 2021 Members of various Sangh Parivar organizations now hold senior positions in the government, the military, and academia. Doug Bandow, National Review, "The Perilous State of Religious Freedom Worldwide," 2 May 2021 Morales also brings impressive non-profit bona fides, having started and headed various organizations that have focused on children and young people through education, development services and initiatives to tackle poverty. Julian Zelizer, CNN, "What makes Andrew Yang appealing to New Yorkers?," 30 Apr. 2021 The lawsuit said the recount violates various state election laws and does not include adequate procedures to ensure the safety of ballots or voter privacy. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona news organizations ask court to deny request for secrecy on election audit procedures," 27 Apr. 2021 Prohibited from forming a political party, Mr. Navalny has instead worked through various nongovernmental organizations. New York Times, "With Navalny in Prison, Russia Turns to Thwarting His Movement," 26 Apr. 2021 Here’s more advice on how to think through the risks involved in various family-friendly activities. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, "I’m vaccinated and my kids aren’t: What’s safe for us to do as a family?," 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of various


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

Pronoun, plural in construction

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for various


Middle English, from Latin varius "having contrasting colors, of different kinds, changeable" (of uncertain origin) + Middle English -ous, -os -ous

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The first known use of various was in the 15th century

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12 May 2021

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“Various.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of various

used to refer to several different or many different things, people, etc.
: different from each other


var·​i·​ous | \ ˈver-ē-əs How to pronounce various (audio) \

Kids Definition of various

1 : of different kinds On the walls, repeated in various colors, hung several portraits of Queen Victoria …— Mary Norton, The Borrowers
2 : different one from another : unlike The projects are in various stages of completion.
3 : made up of an indefinite number greater than one Various church groups called meetings.— Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder

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