from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To change the appearance of, especially by marking with different colors.
  • transitive verb To give variety to; make varied.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To diversify by means of different tints or hues; mark with different colors in irregular patches; spot, streak, dapple, etc.: as, to variegate a floor with marble of different colors.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To diversify in external appearance; to mark with different colors; to dapple; to streak.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive to add variety to something; to diversify
  • verb transitive to change the appearance of something, especially by covering with patches or streaks of different colour
  • verb to dabble
  • adjective variegated

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

  • verb change the appearance of, especially by marking with different colors
  • verb make something more diverse and varied


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

[From Late Latin variegātus, past participle of variegāre : Latin varius, various + Latin agere, to do, drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin variegare ("to make of various sorts or colors"), from Latin varius ("various") + agere ("to make, do").


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