Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Varied \Va"ried\, a. Changed; altered; various; diversified; as, a varied experience; varied interests; varied scenery. -- Va"ried*ly, adv.
The varied fields of science, ever new.
Vary \Va"ry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Varied; p. pr. & vb. n. Varying.] [OE. varien, F. varier, L. variare, fr. varius various. See Various, and cf. Variate.]
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.
Shall we vary our device at will, Even as new occasion appears?
To change to something else; to transmute; to exchange; to alternate.
Gods, that never change their state, Vary oft their love and hate.
We are to vary the customs according to the time and country where the scene of action lies.
To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversity; to variegate.
God hath varied their inclinations.
--Sir T. Browne.
God hath here Varied his bounty so with new delights.
(Mus.) To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See Variation, 4.
adj. characterized by variety; "immigrants' varied ethnic and religious traditions"; "his work is interesting and varied" [ant: unvaried]
widely different; "varied motives prompt people to join a political party"; "varied ethnic traditions of the immigrants" [syn: wide-ranging]
broken away from sameness or identity or duplication; "her quickly varied answers indicated uncertainty"
v. make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence; "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season" [syn: change, alter]
be subject to change in accordance with a variable; "Prices vary"; "His moods vary depending on the weather"
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"changed," early 15c., past participle adjective from vary (v.). From 1580s as "differing from one another;" as "characterized by variety," from 1732.
1 diverse or miscellaneous 2 having been changed or modified 3 variegated v
(en-past of: vary)
Usage examples of "varied".
The degree of acidity of the secretion varied somewhat on the glands of the same leaf.
The limited informational content of DNAthe four bases adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thyminedid not seem adequate to build the fantastically varied amino acid necklaces.
The ubiquitous geocomputing network there was crude compared to the varied services on Earth, but it did the job, and did it without inserting animated advertorials, which was a blessing.
They passed from street to street among fair and spacious dwellings, set in amaranthine gardens, and adorned with an infinitely varied beauty of divine simplicity.
I varied our pleasures in a thousand different ways, and I astonished her by making her feel that she was susceptible of greater enjoyment than she had any idea of.
Then came archers of the guard, shrill-voiced women of the camp, English pages with their fair skins and blue wondering eyes, dark-robed friars, lounging men-at-arms, swarthy loud-tongued Gascon serving-men, seamen from the river, rude peasants of the Medoc, and becloaked and befeathered squires of the court, all jostling and pushing in an ever-changing, many-colored stream, while English, French, Welsh, Basque, and the varied dialects of Gascony and Guienne filled the air with their babel.
Nerve cell activity is electrical, and biologically generated current flows through the brain in patterns as simultaneously regular and varied as the waves of the sea.
The Bogue varied in width from three miles at its broadest to less than a mile at some places, and steep hills on either side fell to the water in a natural defile.
The length of the Florentine braccio varied, but on the dome, a conversion of 23 inches to the braccio is very close.
For me, as for Calandra, the landscape outside was a rich and varied study into the spirit of a world.
The seasoning may be varied by using one teaspoon of curry powder, a few grains of cayenne or half a tumbler of currant jelly and salt to taste.
But out of their fusion with these migrants there came the peoples who would make the state of Kanem and the Kanembu nation and these would prove as influential and important as civilizing and centralizing pressures on the varied peoples to the east of the Niger as Mali proved to be on those to the west.
The only time their drink was varied was during the warm winter days when the flowers from the desert oak, a type of grevillea, were picked and soaked in coolamons of water to make a sweet drink like cordial or lolly water.
The heavy table was laboriously cast aside, and the men, incongruously bedecked with varied sauces or coyly perched carcasses of roasted blackbird, struggled against each other to get to their feet.
The supper for which the giver of the feast had received three thousand guineas, or sixty-five thousand francs, contained a most varied assortment of delicacies, but as I had not been dancing, and did not feel taken with any of the ladies present, I left at one in the morning.