vary

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verb (used with object), var·ied, var·y·ing.

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


Origin of vary

1300–50; Middle English varien < Latin variāre, equivalent to vari(us) (see various) + -āre infinitive suffix
Related formsvar·i·er, nounvar·y·ing·ly, adverbin·ter·var·y, verb (used without object), in·ter·var·ied, in·ter·var·y·ing.o·ver·var·y, verb, o·ver·var·ied, o·ver·var·y·ing.self-var·y·ing, adjectiveun·var·y·ing, adjectiveun·var·y·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for vary

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Examples from the Web for varying

Contemporary Examples of varying

Historical Examples of varying

  • She was back again in an instant, however, in another of her varying moods.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • There are all the varying fortunes of butter-making recorded.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Her yard is a varying pageant of plants in all stages of misfortune.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Thousands upon thousands do it, according to their varying manner, every day.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • She cut four of varying lengths and dropped them into an empty cracker-box.

    Four Girls and a Compact

    Annie Hamilton Donnell


British Dictionary definitions for varying

vary

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 Formsvarying, adjectivevaryingly, adverb

Word Origin for vary

C14: from Latin variāre, from varius various
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Word Origin and History for varying

vary

v.

mid-14c. (transitive); late 14c. (intransitive), from Old French varier, from Latin variare "change, alter, make different," from varius "varied, different, spotted;" perhaps related to varus "bent, crooked, knock-kneed," and varix "varicose vein," from a PIE root *wer- (1) "high raised spot or other bodily infirmity" (cf. Old English wearte "wart," Swedish varbulde "pus swelling," Latin verruca "wart"). Related: Varied; varying.

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varying in Medicine

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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