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verb vary pronunciation in American English /ˈveri/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlevarying
past tensevaried
past participlevaried
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to be different in different situations
    The details may vary, but all of these saving plans have the same basic goal.
    vary according to/depending on: Car taxes will now vary according to the amount of carbon dioxide a particular car emits.
    vary with: Fees vary with the size of the job.
    vary considerably/greatly/widely/enormously: People’s reactions to the drug can vary widely.
    vary from... to...: The planning laws vary from state to state.
    1. a.
      if two or more things vary, they are different from each other
      vary in size/degree/length etc.: Rooms vary in size but all have television and telephone.
      vary between: Attitudes vary between individuals, societies, and cultures.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to change something
    We may vary these rates in line with interest rates.
    The software allows you to vary the size of the print.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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