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verb vary pronunciation in American English /ˈveri/ 
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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of vary
    1. a.
      to make changes to something in order to make it more interesting

      I'm trying to vary the children's diet a little.


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