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VARY (varied)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vary mean? 

VARY (verb)
  The verb VARY has 4 senses:

1. make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
2. be at variance with; be out of line with
3. be subject to change in accordance with a variable
4. make something more diverse and varied

  Familiarity information: VARY used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


VARY (verb)


Sense 1vary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

vary; alter; change

Context examples:

her mood changes in accordance with the weather / The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "vary"):

alternate; jump (go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions)

break (vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity)

honeycomb (make full of cavities, like a honeycomb)

narrow; narrow down; specialise; specialize (become more special)

diversify; radiate (spread into new habitats and produce variety or variegate)

branch out; broaden; diversify (vary in order to spread risk or to expand)

take in (make (clothes) smaller)

let out; widen (make (clothes) larger)

accommodate; adapt (make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose)

move (go or proceed from one point to another)

avianise; avianize (to modify microorganisms by repeated culture in the developing chick embryo)

modulate (vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic of (electromagnetic waves))

crackle (to become, or to cause to become, covered with a network of small cracks)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2vary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be at variance with; be out of line with

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

deviate; depart; vary; diverge

Hypernyms (to "vary" is one way to...):

differ (be different)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "vary"):

aberrate (diverge or deviate from the straight path; produce aberration)

aberrate (diverge from the expected)

belie; contradict; negate (be in contradiction with)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 3vary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be subject to change in accordance with a variable

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context examples:

Prices vary / His moods vary depending on the weather

Hypernyms (to "vary" is one way to...):

differ (be different)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "vary"):

co-vary (vary in the same time period (of two random variables))

drift (vary or move from a fixed point or course)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 4vary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make something more diverse and varied

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

motley; variegate; vary

Context example:

Vary the menu

Hypernyms (to "vary" is one way to...):

diversify (make (more) diverse)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "vary"):

checker; chequer (variegate with different colors, shades, or patterns)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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