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verb     vary pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlevarying
past tensevaried
past participlevaried
  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.



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