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Definition of vary verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they vary
    he / she / it varies
    past simple varied
    -ing form varying
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  1. 1[intransitive] vary (in something) (of a group of similar things) to be different from each other in size, shape, etc. synonym differ The students' work varies considerably in quality. The quality of the students' work varies considerably. New techniques were introduced with varying degrees of success.
  2. 2[intransitive] to change or be different according to the situation vary with something The menu varies with the season. vary according to something Prices vary according to the type of room you need. vary from something to something Pulse rates vary slightly from person to person. vary (between A and B) Class numbers vary between 25 and 30. “What time do you start work?” “It varies.”
  3. 3[transitive] vary something to make changes to something to make it slightly different The job enables me to vary the hours I work. Our aerobics instructor varies the routine each week.
  4. AWL Collocationsvaryvary verbto be different from each other; to become different or to changeestimate, opinion, pricing, ratio, result rate, sizeEstimates vary because measurement techniques differ from study to study.considerably, greatly, significantly, substantially widely inversely seasonallySpanish is spoken with an accent that varies considerably according to region. The cost of cattle varies inversely with supply.varying degreesThere are a wealth of resources on the World Wide Web, containing information with varying degrees of accuracy and reliability.variable nounindependent, predictor dependent, outcome continuous, categoricalOne predictor variable of early reading success is vocabulary knowledge. In this study, age was measured as a continuous variable ranging from 18 to 70 years. The categorical variables were gender and marital status.variation nounconsiderable, slight spatial, temporal genetic, geographic, seasonalThere is considerable variation; what works for one patient does not necessarily work for another. The area has spatial variations in rainfall, with the southern areas receiving more rainfall than central locations.variability nounconsiderable, substantial climatic, geneticConsiderable variability in all aspects of testing practices was evident. Wild plant species usually have a great deal of genetic variability.within across, among, betweenThere is considerable variability within the group, with some students reading at grade level, and others demonstrating significant reading problems.varied adjectivewidely immensely, infinitely, richlyFibers may be derived from paper, metal, nylon, and other materials having widely varied physical properties. The judicial systems of the rest of the world are immensely varied.variable adjectivehighlyRainfall is highly variable, and the start and end of the two rainy seasons are unreliable.Word Familyvary verbvaried adjectivevariable adjectivevariation nounvarious adjectivevariety nounvary verbvaried adjectivevariable adjectivevariation nounvarious adjectivevariety noun
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