from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make or cause changes in the characteristics or attributes of; modify or alter.
- transitive v. To give variety to; make diverse: vary one's diet.
- transitive v. To introduce under new aspects; express in a different manner: vary a musical tempo.
- intransitive v. To undergo or show change: The temperature varied throughout the day.
- intransitive v. To be different; deviate: vary from established patterns of behavior. See Synonyms at differ.
- intransitive v. To undergo successive or alternate changes in attributes or qualities: Foliage varies with the seasons.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To change with time or a similar parameter.
- v. To institute a change in, from a current state; to modify.
- v. Not to remain constant: to change with time or a similar parameter.
- v. To display differences.
- v. To be or act different from the usual.
- n. Alteration; change.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To change the aspect of; to alter in form, appearance, substance, position, or the like; to make different by a partial change; to modify
- transitive v. To change to something else; to transmute; to exchange; to alternate.
- transitive v. To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversify; to variegate.
- transitive v. To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See Variation, 4.
- intransitive v. To alter, or be altered, in any manner; to suffer a partial change; to become different; to be modified.
- intransitive v. To differ, or be different; to be unlike or diverse.
- intransitive v. To alter or change in succession; to alternate.
- intransitive v. To deviate; to depart; to swerve; -- followed by from.
- intransitive v. To disagree; to be at variance or in dissension.
- n. Alteration; change.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To change; alter: as, to vary the conditions of an experiment.
- To diversify: modify; relieve from uniformity or monotony.
- To change to something else; transmute.
- To make of different kinds; make diverse or different one from another.
- To express variously; diversify in terms or forms of expression.
- In music, to embellish or alter (a melody or theme) without really changing its identity. See variation, 9.
- To alter or be altered in any manner; suffer a partial change; appear in different or various forms; be modified; be changeable.
- To differ or be different; be unlike or diverse: as, the laws of different countries vary.
- To become unlike one's self; undergo variation, as in purpose or opinion.
- To deviate; depart; swerve.
- To alter or change in succession; foliow alternately; alternate.
- To disagree; be at variance.
- To turn out otherwise.
- In math, analysis, to be subject to continual increase or decrease: as, a quantity conceived to vary, or have different values in the same equation.
- In biology, to be varied or subject to variation, as by natural or artificial selection; exhibit variation. See variability, 2, variation, 8, and variety, 6.
- n. Alteration; change; variation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be subject to change in accordance with a variable
- v. make something more diverse and varied
- v. become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
- v. be at variance with; be out of line with
Middle English varien, to undergo change, from Old French varier, from Latin variāre, from varius, various.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English varien, from Old French varier, from Latin variō ("to change, alter, make different"), from varius ("different, various"); see various (Wiktionary)