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vary

var·y

vary

 
pronunciation:
veI ri [or] vae ri
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Homophone Note, Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: varied, varies, varying
definition 1: to change; alter; modify.
She varies the story every time she tells it.I varied the recipe this time because it seemed too sweet.
synonyms:
alter, change, modify
similar words:
convert, diversify, modulate, recast, reorder, reorganize
definition 2: to give diversity to.
The new red curtains help vary the color scheme.It's more interesting for the students if you vary your teaching methods.
synonyms:
diversify
similar words:
modify, relieve, variegate
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to change periodically or as a result of some other change.
Her degree of friendliness varies according to her mood.The bus schedule varies depending on what day of the week it is.
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synonyms:
change
similar words:
alternate, fluctuate, modify, oscillate, shift, vacillate
definition 2: to differ; deviate (usu. fol. by from).
This work varies from the normal routine.Our opinions always vary from each other's.
synonyms:
depart, deviate, differ
antonyms:
conform
similar words:
alter, contrast, disagree, diverge, drift, veer
derivations: varying (adj.), varyingly (adv.)
Homophone Note
Some people say the words vary and very in exactly the same way, but these two words have different meanings.
Word Parts
The word vary contains the following part:
var Latin root that means different