- 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 various
The various members met for the first time when they traveled to Gambia at the beginning of December to carry out their plan.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
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Various clerks said that they personally would not issue gay marriage licenses.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
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A step-by-step plan to break from your various technology addictions.Can Self-Help Books Really Make a New You?
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In the years to come, Wha became a legendary starting out spot for various soon-to-be rock stars.The Bars That Made America Great
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They are made in a social setting, surrounded by lots of other people with various ways to resist bad decisions.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
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What if the latter should light on some of his various hiding places for money?Brave and Bold
Harriet was known by various names among her Southern friends.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
But various interests were antagonized, and opposition was aroused.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
A series of concerts followed, at which various oratorios and other works were performed.Handel
Edward J. Dent
This had, however, been broken in various places by the enemy.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- 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 various
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.