- 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 unvarying
The man did not answer, nor did he stir from his unvarying pose.Slaves of Mercury
I have from time to time given their sentiments, which are unvarying.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Usually John Anderson was possessed of one or two unvarying moods.Once to Every Man
I had all that unvarying affection and devoted love could bestow.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
Faint it was, and distant, but peculiar in its unvarying, unceasing rush.
- 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 unvarying
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.