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[vair-ee] /ˈvɛər i/
verb (used with object), varied, varying.
to change or alter, as in form, appearance, character, or substance:
to vary one's methods.
to cause to be different from something else:
The orchestra varied last night's program with one new selection.
to avoid or relieve from uniformity or monotony; diversify:
to vary one's diet.
Music. to alter (a melody or theme) by modification or embellishments without changing its identity.
verb (used without object), varied, varying.
to show diversity; be different:
The age at which children are ready to read varies.
to undergo change in appearance, form, substance, character, etc.:
The landscape begins to vary as one drives south.
to change periodically or in succession; differ or alternate:
Demand for certain products varies with the season.
to diverge; depart; deviate (usually followed by from):
to vary from the norm.
Mathematics. to be subject to change.
Biology. to exhibit variation.
Origin of vary
1300-50; Middle English varien < Latin variāre, equivalent to vari(us) (see various) + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
varier, noun
varyingly, adverb
intervary, verb (used without object), intervaried, intervarying.
overvary, verb, overvaried, overvarying.
self-varying, adjective
unvarying, adjective
unvaryingly, adverb
1. modify, mutate. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Such is the unvarying teaching of Scripture on both sides of this great practical question.

    Life and Times of David Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • We'll get into an unvarying routine of exercise for the next hour.

    Dolly Reforming Herself Henry Arthur Jones
  • As a rule, each face wore the same expression of resignation, unvarying gentleness, and inexhaustible patience.

    The Count's Millions Emile Gaboriau
  • She saw her mistake, and with her unvarying sweetness, set out to rectify it.

    Virginia Ellen Glasgow
  • Year builds on year with unvarying steadfastness the divine temple of their beauty and their sacrifice.

    Bits About Home Matters Helen Hunt Jackson
  • For there is neither beginning nor end to her unvarying cycles.

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • In the present reprint, the text appears according to modern usage: but in the original it stands in lines of unvarying length.

    Roister Doister Nicholas Udall
  • The man did not answer, nor did he stir from his unvarying pose.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • I am expressing to you the unvarying opinion of the Church on the matter.

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • I have from time to time given their sentiments, which are unvarying.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
British Dictionary definitions for unvarying


verb varies, varying, 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
(transitive) to give variety to
(intransitive) foll by from. to differ, as from a convention, standard, etc
(intransitive) to change in accordance with another variable: her mood varies with the weather, pressure varies directly with temperature and inversely with volume
(transitive) (music) to modify (a theme) by the use of variation
Derived Forms
varying, adjective
varyingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin variāre, from variusvarious
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Word Origin and History for unvarying



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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unvarying in Medicine

vary var·y (vâr'ē, vār'ē)
v. var·ied, var·y·ing, var·ies

  1. To make or cause changes in the characteristics or attributes of; modify or alter.

  2. To undergo or show change.

  3. To be different; deviate.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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