- 1Different from one another; of different kinds or sorts: dresses of various colours his grievances were many and variousMore example sentences
- Monday I leave for Boston with a car full of cameras and film of various shapes and sizes.
- Koi carp found in the UK come in various colours, but are always bright and distinctive.
- The performances are polished and well adapted to the differing styles of the various works.
- 1.1Having or showing different properties or qualities: their environments are locally variousMore example sentences
- Faces in the Crowd offers a wonderfully various and intelligently chosen spread of images.
- Their environments are locally various and the types of cattle are often divided from each other by the topography of the country.
- Gorky's drawings are so rich, so various, so complex, and often so mysterious that they must be studied with rigorous concentration if we are to tease out their secrets.
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- More than one; individual and separate: various people arrived late [as pronoun]: various of her friends had calledMore example sentences
- Over the past few days various local celebrities and sports stars have called in to offer their support.
- The school teaches children various instruments from piano to electronic keyboard.
- They will be directed to the various other venues, both public and commercial.
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- The book threatens to collapse under its own variousness.
- The magazines I'd learned most from, Yugen and Locus Solus, were committed to a sense of variousness, and I had no interest in editing a magazine where the bloc of contributors was the same from issue to issue.
- But for all the variousness and inventiveness with which Andrews treats the idea in his early work, one problem arises, acutely explored by P. Inman.
late Middle English: from Latin varius 'changing, diverse' + -ous.
In standard English the word various is normally used as an adjective and determiner. It is sometimes also used as a pronoun followed by of, as in various of her friends had called . Although this pronoun use is similar to that of words such as several and many (e.g. several of her friends had called ), it is sometimes regarded as incorrect.