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Definition of "vary" []

  • To make or cause changes in the characteristics or attributes of; modify or alter. (verb-transitive)
  • To give variety to; make diverse: vary one's diet. (verb-transitive)
  • To introduce under new aspects; express in a different manner: vary a musical tempo. (verb-transitive)
  • To undergo or show change: The temperature varied throughout the day. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be different; deviate: vary from established patterns of behavior. See Synonyms at differ. (verb-intransitive)
  • To undergo or cause to undergo change, alteration, or modification in appearance, character, form, attribute, etc (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To be different or cause to be different; be subject to change (verb)
  • To give variety to (verb)
  • To differ, as from a convention, standard, etc (verb)
  • To change in accordance with another variable (verb)
  • To modify (a theme) by the use of variation (verb)

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Use "vary" in a sentence
  • "Since then, references to emergingmarkets have become ubiquitous in the media, foreign policy and tradedebates, investment fund prospectuses and multinationals 'annualreports, but definitions of the term vary widely."
  • "Does the label vary from the prescription or look different than what you expect?"
  • "The steps and fees to legally change your name vary by state."