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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 vary /ˈvɛri, ˈvær-/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 vary /ˈvɛrɪ, ˈværɪ/ 不及物動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Va·ry v. i.
 1. To alter, or be altered, in any manner; to suffer a partial change; to become different; to be modified; as, colors vary in different lights.
 That each from other differs, first confess;
 Next, that he varies from himself no less.   --Pope.
 2. To differ, or be different; to be unlike or diverse; as, the laws of France vary from those of England.
 3. To alter or change in succession; to alternate; as, one mathematical quantity varies inversely as another.
 While fear and anger, with alternate grace,
 Pant in her breast, and vary in her face.   --Addison.
 4. To deviate; to depart; to swerve; -- followed by from; as, to vary from the law, or from reason.
 5. To disagree; to be at variance or in dissension; as, men vary in opinion.
    The rich jewel which we vary for.   --Webster (1623).

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Va·ry, n. Alteration; change. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]
      [also: varied]