from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or consisting of various kinds or forms; diverse. See Synonyms at miscellaneous.
  • adj. Having been modified or altered.
  • adj. Of several colors; varicolored or variegated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of vary.
  • adj. diverse or miscellaneous
  • adj. having been changed or modified
  • adj. variegated

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Changed; altered; various; diversified

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Altered: partially changed; changed.
  • Characterized by variety; consisting of various kinds or sorts: as, a varied assortment of goods.
  • Differing from one another; diverse; various: as, commerce with its varied interests.
  • Variegated in color: as, the varied thrush

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. broken away from sameness or identity or duplication
  • adj. characterized by variety
  • adj. widely different


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