[ vair-ee-uhs ]
/ ˈvɛər i əs /



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

synonym study for various

1. Various, different, distinct, diverse describe things that are not identical or alike. Various stresses the multiplicity of sorts or instances of a thing or a class of things: various sorts of seaweed; busy with various duties. Different emphasizes separateness and dissimilarity: two different (or differing ) versions of the same story. Distinct implies a uniqueness that is clear and unmistakable: plans similar in objective but distinct in method. Diverse usually suggests a disparity capable of leading to conflict or disagreement: diverse views on how the area should be zoned.

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British Dictionary definitions for various

/ (ˈvɛərɪəs) /


  1. several differenthe is an authority on various subjects
  2. 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

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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