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1 to be unlike; to not be the same
  • opinions by experts on the subject vary

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2 to make different in some way
  • varied the method occasionally for the sake of experimentation

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3 to occur within a continuous range of variation
  • the appliance store is offering discounts that vary from 10 to 40 percent, depending upon the brand

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4 to pass from one form, state, or level to another
  • terrain that constantly varied as we traveled from the coast to the interior

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How is the word vary different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of vary are alter, change, and modify. While all these words mean "to make or become different," vary stresses a breaking away from sameness, duplication, or exact repetition.

vary your daily routine

When is alter a more appropriate choice than vary?

While the synonyms alter and vary are close in meaning, alter implies a difference in some particular respect without suggesting loss of identity.

slightly altered the original design

When is it sensible to use change instead of vary?

The words change and vary can be used in similar contexts, but 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

When might modify be a better fit than vary?

The synonyms modify and vary are sometimes interchangeable, but modify suggests a difference that limits, restricts, or adapts to a new purpose.

modified the building for use by the disabled

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

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“Vary.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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