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vary

[vair-ee] /ˈvɛər i/
verb (used with object), varied, varying.
1.
to change or alter, as in form, appearance, character, or substance:
to vary one's methods.
2.
to cause to be different from something else:
The orchestra varied last night's program with one new selection.
3.
to avoid or relieve from uniformity or monotony; diversify:
to vary one's diet.
4.
Music. to alter (a melody or theme) by modification or embellishments without changing its identity.
verb (used without object), varied, varying.
5.
to show diversity; be different:
The age at which children are ready to read varies.
6.
to undergo change in appearance, form, substance, character, etc.:
The landscape begins to vary as one drives south.
7.
to change periodically or in succession; differ or alternate:
Demand for certain products varies with the season.
8.
to diverge; depart; deviate (usually followed by from):
to vary from the norm.
9.
Mathematics. to be subject to change.
10.
Biology. to exhibit variation.
Origin of vary
1300-1350
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
Synonyms
1. modify, mutate.
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  • Such is the unvarying teaching of Scripture on both sides of this great practical question.

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  • The man did not answer, nor did he stir from his unvarying pose.

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  • As a rule, each face wore the same expression of resignation, unvarying gentleness, and inexhaustible patience.

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  • I have from time to time given their sentiments, which are unvarying.

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

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  • Faint it was, and distant, but peculiar in its unvarying, unceasing rush.

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

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  • It did not sound like a conversation; it was monotonous, unvarying, unnatural.

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  • I am expressing to you the unvarying opinion of the Church on the matter.

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  • These are the necessary and unvarying accompaniments of the system.

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British Dictionary definitions for unvarying

vary

/ˈvɛərɪ/
verb varies, varying, varied
1.
to undergo or cause to undergo change, alteration, or modification in appearance, character, form, attribute, etc
2.
to be different or cause to be different; be subject to change
3.
(transitive) to give variety to
4.
(intransitive) foll by from. to differ, as from a convention, standard, etc
5.
(intransitive) to change in accordance with another variable: her mood varies with the weather, pressure varies directly with temperature and inversely with volume
6.
(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

vary

v.

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.

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