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 varyingly (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 All can knock down an open look behind the arc to varying degrees. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 3-point focused Indiana Pacers take step in right direction with offense," 26 Nov. 2019 While a significant number are eligible for varying degrees of public support, the refusal by many states to expand their Medicaid programs creates challenges. Simon F. Haeder, The Conversation, "Americans bankrupted by health care costs: 4 questions answered," 22 Nov. 2019 Some politicians have introduced legislation to help contain the cost of insulin, with varying success. Serena Gordon, chicagotribune.com, "Why are insulin prices still so high for U.S. patients?," 18 Nov. 2019 These laws vary state to state, and are different for criminal and civil cases. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Most priests accused of sexually abusing children were never sent to prison. Here's why," 12 Nov. 2019 Two of the county’s top public health experts on Nov. 5 presented the board with five options of varying severity. oregonlive, "Multnomah County asks for input on flavored nicotine product restrictions," 8 Nov. 2019 Now in his late 20s, the English-as-a-second language teacher has gone through about 15 more surgeries of varying severity. Doug Johnson, Quartz, "Researchers are turning to Reddit drug forums to tackle the opioid crisis," 3 Nov. 2019 Windows runs atop all different types of firmware across the assorted PCs it's installed on, each of which offers varying quality and security. Wired, "Microsoft's New Plan to Defend the Code Deep Within PCs," 21 Oct. 2019 In the last seven meetings of varying magnitude since 2008, neither side has scored more than a single goal in these games and this encounter was no different. SI.com, "North Korea & South Korea Draw 0-0 in Landmark World Cup Qualifier in Pyongyang," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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30 Nov 2019

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“Vary.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/varyingly?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=v&file=varyin01. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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vary

verb
How to pronounce vary (audio)

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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