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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a varied diet (=including many different foods)
▪ Provide your fish with a varied diet of worms, insects, and dried food.
a varied selection
▪ The supermarket has a varied selection of fruit juice drinks especially for children.
▪ That might be some guarantee of bigger, better, more varied and more daring programming.
▪ This will be considered against the background of the much more varied and competitive broadcasting environment which our policies have created.
▪ At the regional scale a much more varied picture of bus services emerges.
▪ Video helps us provide a richer and more varied language environment within which learning can take place.
▪ The much more varied and extensive evidence for Charles's control of the coinage has important implications for both government and economy.
▪ The less standardised section is used to elicit information more varied and qualitative in character.
▪ In addition, wider and more varied forms of higher education opportunity must be devised to enable the expansion needed.
▪ The Metropolitan's 33,000 textiles constitute one of the largest and most varied collections in the world.
▪ They contain the richest and the most varied assemblage of animal and plant life to be found anywhere on earth.
▪ Because of my very varied upbringing I have found that I have never been able to analyse the political effects of any discrimination.
▪ Many fossil distributions, of very varied ages, imply remarkably uniform conditions over a wide part of the earth's surface.
▪ Molluscs Molluscs belong to the largest phylum in the animal kingdom and are a very varied group of animals.
▪ Pilots who were selected for the early courses were from very varied backgrounds.
▪ I have tried to give an indication of the very varied actual pattern of enrolment in schools.
▪ The Great Forest is an ancient, vast and very varied woodland.
▪ The delays are very varied and multiple repeats stay true to the original tone, as do the chorus and pitch-shifted sounds.
▪ A flexible array of services is called for that can meet the very varied needs of different groups of the mentally ill.
▪ John Piper died yesterday at the age of 88, after a hugely varied career as an artist.
▪ Already my father had had an interesting and varied career.
▪ Dwarfs and miniatures are becoming increasingly popular as you can grow a large, varied collection in quite a small space.
▪ The Metropolitan's 33,000 textiles constitute one of the largest and most varied collections in the world.
▪ Trains are operated on almost an hourly basis throughout the day, using a variety of locomotives from their varied collection.
▪ Feed a varied diet which includes plenty of earthworms, prawns, mussels, fish and heart.
▪ Once again you can appreciate how important it is to have a mixed and varied diet.
▪ Mollies grow well on a varied diet.
▪ They are well fed, on a varied diet.
▪ While this is taking place they should be given plenty of nourishing food and a varied diet.
▪ Clean drinking water is supplied and this is as important as a varied diet to encourage birds to the garden.
▪ A varied diet of earthworms, aquatic insects, shrimps, small fish and tablet foods will keep it in good health.
▪ A good varied diet and suitable water conditions are essential to make the best of this beautiful fish.
▪ He would attack ugliness in all its many and varied forms, whether objects, behaviour or ideas.
▪ This month's gallery concentrates on the varied forms of Loricarid catfish.
▪ In addition, wider and more varied forms of higher education opportunity must be devised to enable the expansion needed.
▪ Since then, several shapes have been introduced in many varied forms of decorative treatments.
▪ Estimates of the number of people who were killed by the military varied form several hundred to several thousand.
▪ An expected attendance of around 100 and an interesting, varied programme planned.
▪ The varied programme included a breathing session by Ruth Rolph.
▪ Ample opportunities for many activities plus a varied programme of guided walks and events.
▪ The World's leading orchestras, together with jazz, folk and ethnic music all feature in Symphony Hall's varied programme.
▪ She will entertain with a fascinatingly varied programme of songs, both traditional and modern, with piano and flute accompaniment.
▪ An exciting and varied programme of forty-two special-interest holidays both overseas and within Britain has been designed exclusively for the National Trust.
▪ The comic opera of Gilbert and Sullivan is a regular feature on the Alexandra's varied programme.
▪ Throughout the year, the city hosts a varied programme of major festivals.
▪ Surprisingly practical yet loads of fun, with a sound which suits a varied range of styles.
▪ Fourthly are the fragments of evidence that allow relative and absolute dating to be undertaken by an increasingly varied range of techniques.
▪ Publishers today have provided teachers of history with a wide and varied range of books for class use.
▪ Many departments buy a varied selection of relevant books and source material and use these alongside teacher-produced resources.
▪ Good choice of wines, varied selection of blended and malt whiskies.
▪ Grain products, vegetables, and fruit are important parts of a varied diet.
▪ He had a varied and outstanding career.
▪ Sandra's circle of friends was varied, and often a little strange.
▪ The rhythm of the poem is varied.
▪ As far as you could see there was a great undulating cushion of varied greenery, mile upon mile of leaves.
▪ Finally Brooks of Clapham included a varied and most interesting collection of aviation memorabilia in their sale on September 15.
▪ The authors endeavour to obtain specimens from as varied sources as possible.
▪ The lively and varied entertainments programme and excellent facilities are tailored to the needs of these students.
▪ With continually varied climbing it proves interesting and improbable to the last.
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.]

  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.

    Shall we vary our device at will, Even as new occasion appears?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. (Mus.) To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See Variation, 4.

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. 1 diverse or miscellaneous 2 having been changed or modified 3 variegated v

  2. (en-past of: vary)

  1. adj. characterized by variety; "immigrants' varied ethnic and religious traditions"; "his work is interesting and varied" [ant: unvaried]

  2. widely different; "varied motives prompt people to join a political party"; "varied ethnic traditions of the immigrants" [syn: wide-ranging]

  3. broken away from sameness or identity or duplication; "her quickly varied answers indicated uncertainty"

  1. 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]

  2. be at variance with; be out of line with [syn: deviate, diverge, depart] [ant: conform]

  3. be subject to change in accordance with a variable; "Prices vary"; "His moods vary depending on the weather"

  4. make something more diverse and varied; "Vary the menu" [syn: variegate, motley]

  5. [also: varied]


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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.