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various

[ vair-ee-uhs ]
/ ˈvɛər i əs /
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adjective
pronoun
Informal. several, many, or numerous ones: I spoke with various of them.
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Origin of various

1545–55; <Latin varius speckled, variegated, hence manifold, diverse; see -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM various

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Various means “of different kinds” or “differing one from another.” How does various compare to different, distinct, and diverse? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

How to use various in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for various

various
/ (ˈvɛərɪəs) /

determiner
  1. several differenthe is an authority on various subjects
  2. not standard (as pronoun; followed by of)various of them came
adjective
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

Derived forms of various

variously, adverbvariousness, noun

Word Origin for various

C16: from Latin varius changing; perhaps related to Latin vārus crooked

usage for various

The use of different after various should be avoided: the disease exists in various forms (not in various different forms)
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