Definition of vary
1 : to make a partial change in : make different in some attribute or characteristic
2 : to make differences between items in : diversify
1 : to exhibit or undergo change <the sky was constantly varying>
3 : to take on successive values <y varies inversely with x>
4 : to exhibit divergence in structural or physiological characters from the typical form
varyinglyplay \ˈver-ē-iŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of vary in a sentence
The terrain varies as you climb higher.
The cost of a room at the hotel varies with the season.
Their services vary depending on the customer.
They've tried to improve their procedures, with varying degrees of success.
The diamonds vary in size.
Colors vary from light to dark.
I try to vary my diet by eating different kinds of foods.
Origin and Etymology of vary
Middle English varien, borrowed from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French varier, borrowed from Latin variāre “to mark with contrasting colors, give variety to, make changeable,” derivative of varius “having contrasting colors, of different kinds, changeable,” of uncertain origin
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of vary
VARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vary for English Language Learners
: to be different or to become different
: to make (something) different : to make changes to (something) so that it is not always the same
VARY Defined for Kids
Definition of vary for Students
1 : to make a partial change in <He varied the rhythm of the poem.>
2 : to make or be of different kinds <She varies her exercise routine.>
3 : to show or undergo change <The sky constantly varies.>
4 : to differ from the usual members of a group
Medical Definition of vary
: to exhibit divergence in structural or physiological characters from the typical form
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