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VA'RY, v.t. [L. vario, verto.]

1. To alter in form, appearance, substance or position; to make different by a partial change; as, to vary a thing in dimensions; to vary its properties, proportions or nature; to vary the posture or attitude of a thing; to vary one's dress.

2. To change to something else.

Gods, that never change their state, vary oft their love and hate.

We are to vary the customs according to the time and country where the scene of action lies.

3. To make of different kinds.

God hath varied the inclinations of men, according to the variety of actions to be performed.

4. To diversify; to variegate.

God hath here varied his bounty so with new delights.

VA'RY, v.i.

1. To alter or be altered in any manner; to suffer a partial change. Colors often vary when held in different positions. Customs vary from one age to another, until they are entirely changed.

2. To be changeable; to alter; as the varying hues of the clouds; the varying plumage of a dove.

3. To differ or be different; to be unlike. The laws of different countries vary. The laws of France vary from those of England.

4. To be changed; to become different. The man varies in his opinions; his opinions vary with the times.

5. To become unlike one's self; to alter.

He varies from himself no less.

6. To deviate; to depart; as, to vary from the law; to vary from the rules of justice or reason.

7. To alter or change in succession.

While fear and anger, with alternate grace, pant in her breast, and vary in her face.

8. To disagree; to be at variance; as, men vary in opinion.

VA'RY, n. Alternation; change. [Not in use.]




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VA'RY, v.t. [L. vario, verto.]

1. To alter in form, appearance, substance or position; to make different by a partial change; as, to vary a thing in dimensions; to vary its properties, proportions or nature; to vary the posture or attitude of a thing; to vary one's dress.

2. To change to something else.

Gods, that never change their state, vary oft their love and hate.

We are to vary the customs according to the time and country where the scene of action lies.

3. To make of different kinds.

God hath varied the inclinations of men, according to the variety of actions to be performed.

4. To diversify; to variegate.

God hath here varied his bounty so with new delights.

VA'RY, v.i.

1. To alter or be altered in any manner; to suffer a partial change. Colors often vary when held in different positions. Customs vary from one age to another, until they are entirely changed.

2. To be changeable; to alter; as the varying hues of the clouds; the varying plumage of a dove.

3. To differ or be different; to be unlike. The laws of different countries vary. The laws of France vary from those of England.

4. To be changed; to become different. The man varies in his opinions; his opinions vary with the times.

5. To become unlike one's self; to alter.

He varies from himself no less.

6. To deviate; to depart; as, to vary from the law; to vary from the rules of justice or reason.

7. To alter or change in succession.

While fear and anger, with alternate grace, pant in her breast, and vary in her face.

8. To disagree; to be at variance; as, men vary in opinion.

VA'RY, n. Alternation; change. [Not in use.]


VA'RY, n.

Alteration; change. [Not in use.] – Shak.


VA'RY, v.i.

  1. To alter or be altered in any manner; to suffer a partial change. Colors often vary when held in different positions. Customs vary from one age to another, until they are entirely changed.
  2. To be changeable; to alter; as, the varying hues of the clouds; the varying plumage of a dove.
  3. To differ or be different; to be unlike. The laws of different countries vary. The laws of France vary from those of England.
  4. To be changed; to become different. The man varies in his opinions; his opinions vary with the times.
  5. To become unlike one's self; to alter. He varies from himself no less. – Pope.
  6. To deviate; to depart; as, to vary from the law; to vary from the rules of justice or reason. – Locke.
  7. To alter or change in succession. While fear and anger, with alternate grace, / Pant in her breast, and vary in her face. – Addison.
  8. To disagree; to be at variance; as, men vary in opinion.

VA'RY, v.t. [L. vario, Fr. varier; Sp. variar; It. variare; probably allied to Eng. veer, Sp. birar, L. verto, Eth. በረየ bari, whence አስተባረየ, to alternate. See Class Br, No. 11, and No. 23.]

  1. To alter in form, appearance, substance or position; to make different by a partial change; as, to vary a thing in dimensions; to vary its properties, proportions or nature; to vary the posture or attitude of a thing; to vary one's dress.
  2. To change to something else. 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. God hath varied the inclinations of men, according to the variety of actions to be performed. – Browne.
  4. To diversify; to variegate. God hath here / Varied his bounty so with new delights. – Milton.

Va"ry
  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 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.

  3. Alteration; change.

    [Obs.] Shak.
  4. 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.

  5. To differ, or be different; to be unlike or diverse; as, the laws of France vary from those of England.
  6. To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversity; to variegate.

    God hath varied their inclinations. Sir T. Browne.

    God hath here
    Varied his bounty so with new delights.
    Milton.

  7. 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.

  8. To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See Variation, 4.
  9. To deviate; to depart; to swerve; -- followed by from; as, to vary from the law, or from reason.

    Locke.
  10. To disagree; to be at variance or in dissension; as, men vary in opinion.

    The rich jewel which we vary for. Webster (1623).

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VA'RY, v.t. [L. vario, verto.]

1. To alter in form, appearance, substance or position; to make different by a partial change; as, to vary a thing in dimensions; to vary its properties, proportions or nature; to vary the posture or attitude of a thing; to vary one's dress.

2. To change to something else.

Gods, that never change their state, vary oft their love and hate.

We are to vary the customs according to the time and country where the scene of action lies.

3. To make of different kinds.

God hath varied the inclinations of men, according to the variety of actions to be performed.

4. To diversify; to variegate.

God hath here varied his bounty so with new delights.

VA'RY, v.i.

1. To alter or be altered in any manner; to suffer a partial change. Colors often vary when held in different positions. Customs vary from one age to another, until they are entirely changed.

2. To be changeable; to alter; as the varying hues of the clouds; the varying plumage of a dove.

3. To differ or be different; to be unlike. The laws of different countries vary. The laws of France vary from those of England.

4. To be changed; to become different. The man varies in his opinions; his opinions vary with the times.

5. To become unlike one's self; to alter.

He varies from himself no less.

6. To deviate; to depart; as, to vary from the law; to vary from the rules of justice or reason.

7. To alter or change in succession.

While fear and anger, with alternate grace, pant in her breast, and vary in her face.

8. To disagree; to be at variance; as, men vary in opinion.

VA'RY, n. Alternation; change. [Not in use.]

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