Their hair color varies.
- When you change the order of cards on the table, this is an example of a situation where you vary the order of cards.
- When you have blond hair and your sister has brown hair, this is an example of a situation in which your hair colors vary.
To vary is to change, to cause something to change or to differ in some way from something or someone else.
- to change in form, appearance, nature, substance, etc.; alter; modify
- to make different from one another
- to give variety to; diversify: to vary one's reading
- Music to repeat (a theme or idea) with changes in harmony, rhythm, key, etc.
Origin of varyMiddle English varien ; from Old French varier ; from Classical Latin variare, to vary, change ; from varius, various, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wa-, to bend, turn from source vacillate
- to undergo change in any way; become different
- to be different or diverse; differ: varying opinions
- to deviate, diverge, or depart (from)
- Biol. to show variation
verbvar·ied , var·y·ing, var·ies
- To undergo or show change: The temperature varied throughout the day.
- To deviate from a standard or expectation: behavior that varies from the norm.
- To have a range of different qualities or amounts: Shirt sizes vary from small to extra large.
- To make or cause changes in; modify or alter: vary the speed of the drill.
- To give variety to; make diverse: vary one's diet.
Origin of varyMiddle English varien, to undergo change, from Old French varier, from Latin variare, from varius, various.
(third-person singular simple present varies, present participle varying, simple past and past participle varied)
- To change with time or a similar parameter.
- He varies his magic tricks so as to minimize the possibility that any given audience member will see the same trick twice.
- To institute a change in, from a current state; to modify.
- You should vary your diet. Eating just bread will do you harm in the end.
- (intransitive) Not to remain constant: to change with time or a similar parameter.
- His mood varies by the hour.
- The sine function varies between âˆ’1 and 1.
- (of the members of a group, intransitive) To display differences.
- The sprouting tendency of potatoes varies between cultivars, years and places of growing.
- (intransitive) To be or act different from the usual.
- I'm not comfortable with 3.Nc3 in the Caro-Kann, so I decided to vary and play exd5.
- To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversity; to variegate.
- (music) To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See variation.
- (obsolete) Alteration; change.