- of different kinds, as two or more things; differing one from another: Various experiments have not proved his theory.
- marked by or exhibiting variety or diversity: houses of various designs.
- presenting or having many different qualities or aspects: a woman of various talent.
- having a variety of colors; varicolored.
- different from each other; dissimilar.
- numerous; many: living at various hotels.
- individual (in a group, class, kind, etc.); separate: permission from various officials in Washington.
- Informal. several, many, or numerous ones: I spoke with various of them.
Origin of various
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Examples from the Web for variously
Spencer, 27, is variously described as a writer and a stand-up comic.Meet Stephen Fry’s Future Husband (Who Is Less Than Half His Age)
January 6, 2015
They are variously loud, meditative, dramatic, witty, sexy, searing, and elegiac.The Queer Genius of Film Director Derek Jarman
November 1, 2014
“Working mothers” have been variously vilified, and now lauded, for attempting to balance career and home lives.The New Right-Wing Idol: Working Moms
July 16, 2014
In London, the group will do walking tours of the variously sexy, scandalous, and literary neighborhoods of Soho and Bloomsbury.Adventures in Gay History With Oscar Wilde
June 11, 2014
The spiritual viewpoints of the three men are variously embodied in the moon.Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley
November 3, 2013
The audience are variously affected; but none are indifferent.Biographical Sketches
Words are live things that may be variously employed to various ends.A Dish Of Orts
This clique is the most variously and most curiously composed.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
At this point an incident occurred which has been variously reported.
But the other kinds of bile are variously distinguished by their colours.Timaeus
- several differenthe is an authority on various subjects
- not standard(as pronoun; followed by of)various of them came
- of different kinds, though often within the same general category; diversevarious occurrences; his disguises are many and various
- (prenominal) relating to a collection of separate persons or thingsthe various members of the club
- displaying variety; many-sidedhis various achievements are most impressive
- poetic variegated
- obsolete inconstant
Word Origin and History for variously
early 15c., "characterized by variety," from Middle French varieux, from Latin varius "changing, different, diverse" (see vary). Meaning "different from one another" is recorded from 1630s. Related: Variously.