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Syllabification: var·y
Pronunciation: /ˈverē

Definition of vary in English:

verb (varies, varying, varied)

[no object]
1Differ in size, amount, degree, or nature from something else of the same general class: the properties vary in price (as adjective varying) varying degrees of success
More example sentences
  • Prices vary greatly depending on the time of year and type of accommodation.
  • The German mortgage market is quite fragmented and interest rates vary according to the type of mortgage lender.
  • When they do become evident, symptoms vary according to the type and location of the aneurysm.
differ, be different, be dissimilar, conflict
varied, differing, different;
diverse, diversified, assorted
1.1Change from one condition, form, or state to another: your skin’s moisture content varies according to climatic conditions
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  • Diving conditions vary, but the best visibility occurs early in the season before the plankton blooms of late summer.
  • The diving in the Sea of Cortez is unlike that anywhere else in the world because the conditions can vary so greatly from day to day.
  • Weather conditions during January have varied between Arctic and monsoon but the course has stood up well and all competitions are on schedule with no backlog.
1.2 [with object] Introduce modifications or changes into (something) so as to make it different or less uniform: he tried to vary his diet
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  • However, the news agency can send different messages by varying the order.
  • I'll wear each dress time and again, varying the look with different accessories.
  • As a nice touch, Zoch includes two cork balls with different diameters which varies the skill level of the game significantly.
modify, change, alter, transform, adjust, regulate, control, set;
informal tweak


Middle English: from Old French varier or Latin variare, from varius 'diverse'.



Example sentences
  • He has varyingly described farm income as E45,000 or E31,000, both of which are completely inaccurate.
  • Long established artists Morrissey, Prince and Duran Duran made varyingly successful comebacks in 2004.
  • Bullish analysts varyingly predict 25-30 percent growth for the division this year.

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