- to change or alter, as in form, appearance, character, or substance: to vary one's methods.
- to cause to be different from something else: The orchestra varied last night's program with one new selection.
- to avoid or relieve from uniformity or monotony; diversify: to vary one's diet.
- Music. to alter (a melody or theme) by modification or embellishments without changing its identity.
- to show diversity; be different: The age at which children are ready to read varies.
- to undergo change in appearance, form, substance, character, etc.: The landscape begins to vary as one drives south.
- to change periodically or in succession; differ or alternate: Demand for certain products varies with the season.
- to diverge; depart; deviate (usually followed by from): to vary from the norm.
- Mathematics. to be subject to change.
- Biology. to exhibit variation.
Origin of vary
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Examples from the Web for varies
The key is to recognize that etiquette changes over time and varies across circumstances.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With
November 3, 2014
Euler is tall and square-jawed with dirty blonde hair that varies from short to shoulder-length.From Frat Boys to Criminals: Two College Elites' Scarface Dreams
April 27, 2014
It varies across our tongues provoking pleasure and, in some cases, disgust.For the Love of Pâté
January 5, 2011
You will be astonished at the way it varies from day to day, week to week, and month to month.
It is expressed in amperes and varies for different sized cells.
The degree of this peeling also varies as well as its duration.The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases
Charles West, M.D.
Improbability is not a scientific notion; it varies with the individual.Introduction to the Study of History
Charles V. Langlois
The temperature also varies according to elevation and position.The Hawaiian Islands
The Department of Foreign Affairs
- to undergo or cause to undergo change, alteration, or modification in appearance, character, form, attribute, etc
- to be different or cause to be different; be subject to change
- (tr) to give variety to
- (intr foll by from) to differ, as from a convention, standard, etc
- (intr) to change in accordance with another variableher mood varies with the weather; pressure varies directly with temperature and inversely with volume
- (tr) music to modify (a theme) by the use of variation
Word Origin and History for varies
mid-14c. (transitive); late 14c. (intransitive), from Old French varier, from Latin variare "change, alter, make different," from varius "varied, different, spotted;" perhaps related to varus "bent, crooked, knock-kneed," and varix "varicose vein," from a PIE root *wer- (1) "high raised spot or other bodily infirmity" (cf. Old English wearte "wart," Swedish varbulde "pus swelling," Latin verruca "wart"). Related: Varied; varying.
- To make or cause changes in the characteristics or attributes of; modify or alter.
- To undergo or show change.
- To be different; deviate.