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[ vair-ee ]
/ ˈvɛər i /
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verb (used with object), var·ied, var·y·ing.

verb (used without object), var·ied, var·y·ing.

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Origin of vary

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

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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
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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.
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