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variegate

[ vair-ee-i-geyt, vair-i-geyt ]
/ 藞v蓻蓹r i 瑟藢ge瑟t, 藞v蓻蓹r 瑟藢ge瑟t /
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verb (used with object), var路i路e路gat路ed, var路i路e路gat路ing.
to make varied in appearance, as by adding different colors.
to give variety to; diversify.
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Origin of variegate

1645鈥55; <Late Latin varieg膩tus (past participle of varieg膩re to make (something) look varied), equivalent to Latin vari(us) various + -eg- (combining form of agere to do; see agent) + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM variegate

var路i路e路ga路tor, noun
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How to use variegate in a sentence

  • Body black or sordidly metallic greenish gray, usually yellow pollinose or variegate; gen at most hairy above.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley
  • 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.

  • The Ashburners and Sedgwicks continue your tradition and even ornament or variegate it with their own original force.

British Dictionary definitions for variegate

variegate
/ (藞v蓻蓹r瑟藢伞e瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to alter the appearance of, esp by adding different colours
to impart variety to

Derived forms of variegate

variegation, noun

Word Origin for variegate

C17: from Late Latin varieg膩re, from Latin varius diverse, various + agere to make
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