Definition of vary in English:

vary

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Pronunciation: /ˈvɛːri
 
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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.
Synonyms
differ, be different, be unlike, be dissimilarrange, extend, stretch, reach, cover, go, run, passfluctuate, rise and fall, go up and down, change, alter, shift, swing, waver, oscillate, see-saw, yo-yovaried, 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.
Synonyms
change, alter, deviate, diverge, depart, differ, fluctuate, move on
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.
Synonyms
diversify, variegate, bring variety to, assort, mix, enlarge, expand, widen, broaden, increase, proliferate, extend; reorder
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Origin

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

Derivatives

varyingly

adverb
More 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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