Dictionary.com

vary

[ vair-ee ]
/ ˈvɛər i /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: vary / varied / varies / varying on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object), var·ied, var·y·ing.
verb (used without object), var·ied, var·y·ing.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of vary

1300–50; Middle English varien<Latin variāre, equivalent to vari(us) (see various) + -āre infinitive suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM vary

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use vary in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for vary

vary
/ (ˈvɛərɪ) /

verb varies, varying or varied
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

Derived forms of vary

varying, adjectivevaryingly, adverb

Word Origin for vary

C14: from Latin variāre, from varius various
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for vary

vary
[ vârē ]

v.
To make or cause changes in the characteristics or attributes of; modify or alter.
To undergo or show change.
To be different; deviate.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK