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varied

[vair-eed] /ˈvɛər id/
adjective
1.
characterized by or exhibiting variety; various; diverse; diversified:
varied backgrounds.
2.
changed; altered:
a varied estimate.
3.
having several different colors; variegated.
Origin of varied
1580-1590
1580-90; vary + -ed2
Related forms
variedly, adverb
variedness, noun
nonvaried, adjective
unvaried, adjective
well-varied, adjective

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
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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  • Mine has been rather a varied kind of existence since I wrote last.

  • Not only millionaires; but also painters and novelists and men and women of varied distinction.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • varied are they, as human beings are In form, in likes, in capabilities.

    Added Upon Nephi Anderson
  • The feelings with which Robert read and his mother listened to this letter, were varied.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • All the events of a tragic and varied life have led me to see there is no such thing as an inconsiderable enemy.

    Anne of Geierstein Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for varied

varied

/ˈvɛərɪd/
adjective
1.
displaying or characterized by variety; diverse
2.
modified or altered: the amount may be varied without notice
3.
varicoloured; variegated
Derived Forms
variedly, adverb
variedness, noun

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 varied
adj.

"differing from one another," 1580s, from past participle of vary (q.v.).

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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varied 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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