synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of vary in English

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From Middle English varien, from Old French varier, from Latin variō (to change, alter, make different), from varius (different, various); see various.

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈvɛəɹi/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈvɛəɹi/, /ˈvæɹi/, /ˈvɛɹi/
  • Rhymes: -ɛəɹi
  • Rhymes: -æɹi
  • Homophone: very (only in accents with the Mary-marry-merry merger)

vary (third-person singular simple present varies, present participle varying, simple past and past participle varied)

  1. (transitive) To change with time or a similar parameter.
  2. (transitive) To institute a change in, from a current state; to modify.
    • a. 1687, Edmund Waller, to Phyllis
      Gods, that never change their state, / Vary oft their love and hate.
  3. (intransitive) Not to remain constant: to change with time or a similar parameter.
  4. (of the members of a group, intransitive) To display differences.
  5. (intransitive) To be or act different from the usual.
  6. (transitive) To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversity; to variegate.
  7. (transitive, music) To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See variation.
  8. (intransitive, obsolete) To disagree; to be at variance or in dissension.
  • (institute a change in): alter, change; See also Thesaurus:alter
  • (not to remain constant): fluctuate
  • (display differences): See also Thesaurus:differ
  • (make of different kinds): See also Thesaurus:diversify
  • (disagree): dissent, take exception

vary (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) alteration; change.
  • “vary”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
  • “vary”, in The Century Dictionary [], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
  • arvy
  • IPA(key): [ˈvarɪ]


  1. nominative/accusative/vocative/instrumental plural of var
  • From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *bəʀas, from Proto-Austronesian *bəʀas.
  • From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *pajay (rice plant), from Proto-Austronesian *pajay (rice plant). Doublet of fary (sugar cane). Compare Ma'anyan parei, Javanese ꦥꦫꦶ (pari), Malay padi and Tagalog palay.
  • IPA(key): /varʲ/


  1. rice ((raw) seeds used as food)

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