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Meaning of VARY

Pronunciation:  'vehree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence; "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"
  2. [v]  make something more diverse and varied; "Vary the menu"
  3. [v]  be at variance with; be out of line with
  4. [v]  be subject to change in accordance with a variable; "Prices vary"; "His moods vary depending on the weather"

VARY is a 4 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: alter, change, depart, deviate, diverge, motley, variegate
 Antonyms: conform
 See Also: aberrate, accommodate, adapt, alternate, avianise, avianize, belie, branch out, break, broaden, checker, chequer, contradict, crackle, differ, diversify, drift, honeycomb, jump, let out, modulate, move, narrow, narrow down, negate, radiate, specialise, specialize, take in, widen



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Va"ry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Varied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Varying}.] [OE. varien, F. varier, L. variare, fr. varius
    various. See {Various}, and cf. {Variate}.]
    1. To change the aspect of; to alter in form, appearance,
       substance, position, or the like; to make different by a
       partial change; to modify; as, to vary the properties,
       proportions, or nature of a thing; to vary a posture or an
       attitude; to vary one's dress or opinions.
             Shall we vary our device at will, Even as new
             occasion appears?                     --Spenser.
    2. To change to something else; to transmute; to exchange; to
             Gods, that never change their state, Vary oft their
             love and hate.                        --Waller.
             We are to vary the customs according to the time and
             country where the scene of action lies. --Dryden.
    3. To make of different kinds; to make different from one
       another; to diversity; to variegate.
             God hath varied their inclinations.   --Sir T.
             God hath here Varied his bounty so with new
             delights.                             --Milton.
    4. (Mus.) To embellish; to change fancifully; to present
       under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See
       {Variation}, 4.
  2. \Va"ry\, v. i.
    1. To alter, or be altered, in any manner; to suffer a
       partial change; to become different; to be modified; as,
       colors vary in different lights.
             That each from other differs, first confess; Next,
             that he varies from himself no less.  --Pope.
    2. To differ, or be different; to be unlike or diverse; as,
       the laws of France vary from those of England.
    3. To alter or change in succession; to alternate; as, one
       mathematical quantity varies inversely as another.
             While fear and anger, with alternate grace, Pant in
             her breast, and vary in her face.     --Addison.
    4. To deviate; to depart; to swerve; -- followed by from; as,
       to vary from the law, or from reason. -- Locke.
    5. To disagree; to be at variance or in dissension; as, men
       vary in opinion.
             The rich jewel which we vary for.     --Webster
  3. \Va"ry\, n.
    Alteration; change. [Obs.] --Shak.