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Your mileage may vary.
  to be different, or to change
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vary varies varied varying varyingly
Strongly Associated with:   variance, variant, variation, variation
Vary is often used to describe small differences or changes—especially about things of the same type. It would be more common to say "The weight of full-grown elephants varies depending upon diet and other factors," than to say "The weight of elephants varies from that of mice."
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  • Your mileage may vary.
  • McDonald’s menu options vary by location.
  • Vary the amount of sugar to suit your taste.
  • According to the graph, is the percentage of the compound is each organism’s DNA the same or does it vary?

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  • There were, I considered, amongst my guests, varying degrees of guilt.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • It’s easy to allocate resources when everyone gets the same thing, but everything is more varied at the Dauntless compound.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • All the initiates except the Amity boy made it onto the roof, with varying levels of success.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • This writing, however, was nothing but a name repeated in all kinds of characters, large and small — CATHERINE EARNSHAW, here and there varied to CATHERINE HEATHCLIFF, and then again to CATHERINE LINTON.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • My sister had a trenchant way of cutting our bread and butter for us, that never varied.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • His plan did not vary on seeing them.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice

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  • In sweetly varying voices Buck Mulligan read his tablet: Everyman His own Wife or A Honeymoon in the Hand (a national immorality in three orgasms) by Ballocky Mulligan.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "What," said Mr. Cruncher, varying his apostrophe after missing his mark—"what are you up to, Aggerawayter?"
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • He is of moderate octavo size, varying from fifteen to twenty-five feet in length, and of corresponding dimensions round the waist.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I believe she was happy in her way: this routine sufficed for her; and nothing annoyed her so much as the occurrence of any incident which forced her to vary its clockwork regularity.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Her opinion varying with every fresh conjecture, and all seeming equally probable as they arose.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • This common body, Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream, Goes to and back, lackeying the varying tide, To rot itself with motion.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Such smiling rogues as these, Like rats, oft bite the holy cords a-twain Which are too intrinse t’ unloose; smooth every passion That in the natures of their lords rebel; Bring oil to fire, snow to their colder moods; Renege, affirm, and turn their halcyon beaks With every gale and vary of their masters, Knowing naught, like dogs, but following.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • It is so varied too; for it was proclaimed ’virgin’.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • If at home, sir, He’s all my exercise, my mirth, my matter: Now my sworn friend, and then mine enemy; My parasite, my soldier, statesman, all: He makes a July’s day short as December; And with his varying childness cures in me Thoughts that would thick my blood.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • There he perceives a cunningly wrought fountain of many-coloured jasper and polished marble; here another of rustic fashion where the little mussel-shells and the spiral white and yellow mansions of the snail disposed in studious disorder, mingled with fragments of glittering crystal and mock emeralds, make up a work of varied aspect, where art, imitating nature, seems to have outdone it.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The crimes of these men are of course relative and varied; for the most part they seek in very varied ways the destruction of the present for the sake of the better.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • He played for high stakes, and moved, altogether, in very varied society.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • In the story of this passion, too, the development varies: sometimes it is the glorious marriage, sometimes frustration and final parting.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The nipple was about half the bigness of my head, and the hue both of that and the dug, so varied with spots, pimples, and freckles, that nothing could appear more nauseous: for I had a near sight of her, she sitting down, the more conveniently to give suck, and I standing on the table.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • In front in the fog a shot was heard and then another, at first irregularly at varying intervals—trata…. tat—and then more and more regularly and rapidly, and the action at the Goldbach Stream began.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And could the astronomers have understood and calculated anything, if they had taken into account all the complicated and varied motions of the earth?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Long varied train of an emblem, dabs of music, Fingers of the organist skipping staccato over the keys of the great organ.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • An eternity of endless agony, of endless bodily and spiritual torment, without one ray of hope, without one moment of cessation, of agony limitless in intensity, of torment infinitely varied, of torture that sustains eternally that which it eternally devours, of anguish that everlastingly preys upon the spirit while it racks the flesh, an eternity, every instant of which is itself an eternity of woe.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Anything to vary this detestable monotony.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • So the fortnight slipped away, varied by nothing but the variation of the tide, which altered Mr. Peggotty’s times of going out and coming in, and altered Ham’s engagements also.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He repeated his phrases over and over again, varying them and surrounding them with his monotonous voice.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Her father never went beyond the shrubbery, where two divisions of the ground sufficed him for his long walk, or his short, as the year varied; and since Mrs. Weston’s marriage her exercise had been too much confined.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • They were all tinged orange, and backed up by shadows of varying pattern.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The same Signor Jupe was to ’enliven the varied performances at frequent intervals with his chaste Shaksperean quips and retorts.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • We mean nothing but a little amusement among ourselves, just to vary the scene, and exercise our powers in something new.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • ’Not vary!’ repeated John, raising his eyes to the ceiling.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • …of praise or condemnation on the face of every woman they met; and Catherine, after listening and agreeing as long as she could, with all the civility and deference of the youthful female mind, fearful of hazarding an opinion of its own in opposition to that of a self-assured man, especially where the beauty of her own sex is concerned, ventured at length to vary the subject by a question which had been long uppermost in her thoughts; it was, "Have you ever read Udolpho, Mr. Thorpe?"
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • So, they put the bier on the brink of the grave; and the two mourners waited patiently in the damp clay, with a cold rain drizzling down, while the ragged boys whom the spectacle had attracted into the churchyard played a noisy game at hide-and-seek among the tombstones, or varied their amusements by jumping backwards and forwards over the coffin.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • She felt that she could so much more depend upon the sincerity of those who sometimes looked or said a careless or a hasty thing, than of those whose presence of mind never varied, whose tongue never slipped.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • His manner varies from genial bullying when he is in a good humor to stormy petulance when anything goes wrong; but he is so entirely frank and void of malice that he remains likeable even in his least reasonable moments.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • His expression, his manner, his very soul seemed to vary with every fresh part that he assumed.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • It was of a pattern which does not vary, and so it is familiar to us all.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Yes, yes; this is an adventure worthy a place in the varied career of that royal bandit.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • In the enlightened child of civilization the abandonment characteristic of grief is checked and varied in the subtlest manner, so as to present an interesting problem to the analytic mind.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • From every hill I climbed I saw the same abundance of splendid buildings, endlessly varied in material and style, the same clustering thickets of evergreens, the same blossom-laden trees and tree-ferns.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • There was a date at one end of the line and at the other a sum of money, as in common account-books, but instead of explanatory writing, only a varying number of crosses between the two.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • I am glad to hear he varies his subjects; his letters might otherwise be monotonous.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • It seemed impossible, Archer thought, that he should be long without one, so varied were his interests and so many his gifts.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • The child’s breathing did not at first vary, as she choked in the labor of expelling her breath.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • On the popular lecture platform as well as in the pulpit Dr. Drew is a renowned word-painter, and during the course of the year he receives literally scores of invitations to speak at varied functions both here and elsewhere.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
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