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noun     variety pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [singular] a collection or number of people, things, ideas etc that are all different from one another
    variety of:

    People study yoga for a variety of reasons.

    We want to hear the opinions of a variety of people.

    a great/wide variety:

    Students are offered a wide variety of courses in this department.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the fact that something consists of different things, usually in a way that makes it interesting or enjoyable
      offer/provide variety:

      Cable TV offers much more variety than normal TV.

      add variety:

      Introduce different vegetables to add variety to your child’s diet.

  2. 2
    [countable] a type of plant

    Which varieties of tomato grow well here?

    1. a.
      a type of thing

      a huge box of chocolates of the cream-filled variety

    2. b.
      often humorous a type of person

      a man of the self-centred, totally insensitive variety

  3. 3
    [uncountable] entertainment consisting of different short performances, for example people singing, dancing, and telling jokes

    His father worked in variety in the music halls.

    a variety show

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