Vary

Noun

  • (obsolete) Alteration; change.

Verb

  • (transitive) To institute a change in, from a current state; to modify.

    "You should vary your diet. Eating just bread will do you harm in the end."

  • (of the members of a group, intransitive) To display differences.

    "The sprouting tendency of potatoes varies between cultivars, years and places of growing."

  • (transitive, music) To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See variation.
  • (transitive) To change with time or a similar parameter.

    "He varies his magic tricks so as to minimize the possibility that any given audience member will see the same trick twice."

  • (intransitive) Not to remain constant: to change with time or a similar parameter.

    "The sine function varies between −1 and 1."

  • (transitive) To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversity; to variegate.
  • (intransitive) Not to remain constant: to change with time or a similar parameter.

    "His mood varies by the hour."

  • (intransitive) To be or act different from the usual.

    "I'm not comfortable with 3.Nc3 in the Caro-Kann, so I decided to vary and play exd5."

  • (obsolete) To disagree; to be at variance or in dissension.

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