var·ied /ˈvɛrid, ˈvær-/
Va·ried a. Changed; altered; various; diversified; as, a varied experience; varied interests; varied scenery. -- Va*ried*ly, adv.
The varied fields of science, ever new. --Cowper.
Va·ry v. t. [imp. & p. p. Varied p. pr. & vb. n. Varying.]
1. To change the aspect of; to alter in form, appearance, substance, position, or the like; to make different by a partial change; to modify; as, to vary the properties, proportions, or nature of a thing; to vary a posture or an attitude; to vary one's dress or opinions.
Shall we vary our device at will,
Even as new occasion appears? --Spenser.
2. To change to something else; to transmute; to exchange; to alternate.
Gods, that never change their state,
Vary oft their love and hate. --Waller.
We are to vary the customs according to the time and country where the scene of action lies. --Dryden.
3. To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversify; to variegate.
God hath varied their inclinations. --Sir T. Browne.
God hath here
Varied his bounty so with new delights. --Milton.
4. Mus. To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See Variation, 4.
adj 1: characterized by variety; "immigrants' varied ethnic and
religious traditions"; "his work is interesting and
varied" [ant: unvaried]
2: widely different; "varied motives prompt people to join a
political party"; "varied ethnic traditions of the
immigrants" [syn: wide-ranging]
3: broken away from sameness or identity or duplication; "her
quickly varied answers indicated uncertainty"
v 1: make or become different in some particular way, without
permanently losing one's or its former characteristics
or essence; "her mood changes in accordance with the
weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables
varies according to the season" [syn: change, alter]
2: be at variance with; be out of line with [syn: deviate, diverge,
depart] [ant: conform]
3: be subject to change in accordance with a variable; "Prices
vary"; "His moods vary depending on the weather"
4: make something more diverse and varied; "Vary the menu"
[syn: variegate, motley]