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Definition of Vary


  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.
  2. To change to something else; to transmute; to exchange; to alternate.
  3. To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversity; to variegate.
  4. To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See Variation, 4.
  5. 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.
  6. To differ, or be different; to be unlike or diverse; as, the laws of France vary from those of England.
  7. To alter or change in succession; to alternate; as, one mathematical quantity varies inversely as another.
  8. To deviate; to depart; to swerve; -- followed by from; as, to vary from the law, or from reason.
  9. To disagree; to be at variance or in dissension; as, men vary in opinion.
  10. Alteration; change.

Vary Quotations

The state of minds vary according to the angle under which one examines them.
Ella Maillart

Critical and liberating dialogue, which presupposes action, must be carried on with the oppressed at whatever the stage of their struggle for liberation. The content of that dialogue can and should vary in accordance with historical conditions and the level at which the oppressed perceive reality.
Paulo Freire

The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.
Marc Chagall

The two things in the world we all share in this world are laughter and pain. We've all got problems. The levels of those problems vary, but we've all got problems. When you can take things that are painful and make them funny, that's a gift - to you and your audience.
Kevin Hart

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
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Vary Translations

vary in Finnish is vaihdella
vary in French is variez, varient, varier, varions
vary in German is abwandeln, variieren, variieren
vary in Italian is variare
vary in Latin is discrepo
vary in Portuguese is varie
vary in Spanish is modificar
vary in Swedish is variera
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