- to make varied in appearance, as by adding different colors.
- to give variety to; diversify.
Origin of variegate
Examples from the Web for variegate
The Ashburners and Sedgwicks continue your tradition and even ornament or variegate it with their own original force.Notes of a Son and Brother
Possibly the purple patches of relaxation which variegate the lives of the inmates are too few and too far between.The Vagrancy Problem.
William Harbutt Dawson
Their clothes they variegate by steeping them in dyes, which produce a colour not easily effaced.
Body black or sordidly metallic greenish gray, usually yellow pollinose or variegate; gen at most hairy above.Handbook of Medical Entomology
William Albert Riley
- to alter the appearance of, esp by adding different colours
- to impart variety to
Word Origin and History for variegate
"to mark with different colors," 1640s (implied in variegation), from Late Latin variegatus "made of various sorts or colors," past participle of variegare "diversify with different colors," from varius "spotted, changing, varying" (see vary) + root of agere "to drive" (see act). Related: Variegated; vareiegating.