vary

verb
\ ˈver-ē How to pronounce vary (audio) \
varied; varying

Definition of vary

transitive verb

1 : to make a partial change in : make different in some attribute or characteristic
2 : to make differences between items in : diversify

intransitive verb

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

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Other Words from vary

varyingly \ ˈver-​ē-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce vary (audio) \ adverb

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change, alter, vary, modify mean to make or become different. change implies making either an essential difference often amounting to a loss of original identity or a substitution of one thing for another. changed the shirt for a larger size alter implies a difference in some particular respect without suggesting loss of identity. slightly altered the original design vary stresses a breaking away from sameness, duplication, or exact repetition. vary your daily routine modify suggests a difference that limits, restricts, or adapts to a new purpose. modified the building for use by the disabled

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web As with a couple others, the bit is purposefully over the top, and its mileage may vary based on how fresh an observation one perceives the puppet’s admonishment to be. Washington Post, 5 June 2021 While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, 9 Apr. 2021 While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 18 Mar. 2021 While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Mar. 2021 While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 11 Mar. 2021 While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Guy Martin, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Lucia Tonelli, Town & Country, 10 Mar. 2021 Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of vary

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of vary was in the 14th century

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7 Jun 2021

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“Vary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vary. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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vary

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vary

: 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

verb
\ ˈver-ē How to pronounce vary (audio) \
varied; varying

Kids Definition of vary

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
\ ˈver-ē, ˈvar-ē How to pronounce vary (audio) \
varied; varying

Medical Definition of vary

: to exhibit divergence in structural or physiological characters from the typical form

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