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Definition to be different, or to change
  • Your mileage may vary.
vary = be different
  • McDonald's menu options vary by location.
  • vary = are different
  • Vary the amount of sugar to suit your taste.
  • vary = change
  • According to the graph, is the percentage of the compound is each organism's DNA the same or does it vary?
  • vary = differ
  • The average stay for an Unwind is three weeks, although it varies depending on blood type and supply and demand.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • varies = differs
  • Thin plastic bolts fell into place in varying patterns and had to be controlled by the mouse, who depressed a series of levers in the same order.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • varying = differing
  • The rhythm of the gesture never varied.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • varied = changed
  • The kitchen came first, with an open cabinet where dishes were stacked in perilous towers without the least regard for their varying dimensions.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • varying = differing
  •   O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon,
      That monthly changes in her circled orb,
      Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • variable = changing
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" in variable means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable. Note that when "-able" is placed at the end of a word that ends in "Y", the "Y" is often replaced with "I" as in enviable and deniable.)
  • We had to list the highest grade level we'd completed, which could vary immensely, since only Sixes and Sevens went to the public schools and had actual grade levels.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • vary = differ (be different)
  • We have almost grown accustomed to it; war is a cause of death like cancer and tuberculosis, like influenza and dysentery. The deaths are merely more frequent, more varied and terrible.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • varied = differing (from a variety of causes)
  • I jerked awake and made an honest effort to remain so, by looking down and concentrating on the heads below: there were sixteen bald ones, fourteen men that could pass for redheads, forty heads varying between brown and black,
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • varying = differing
  • But, as respects the majority of my corps of veterans, there will be no wrong done if I characterize them generally as a set of wearisome old souls, who had gathered nothing worth preservation from their varied experience of life.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • varied = differing
  • Stating his name as Mr. Larry Price—a man with curly white hair, cut short, and dressed in a blue suit that shone cheaply—and that he drove the Trailways bus on varying routes in this area of North Carolina, the next witness was sworn in.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • varying = different
  • After so long a period of an absorbing melancholy that resembled madness in its intensity and effects, he was glad to find that I was capable of taking pleasure in the idea of such a journey, and he hoped that change of scene and varied amusement would, before my return, have restored me entirely to myself.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • varied = variety of
  • There were, I considered, amongst my guests, varying degrees of guilt.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • varying = differing
  • It's easy to allocate resources when everyone gets the same thing, but everything is more varied at the Dauntless compound.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • varied = different (not all the same)
  • Calpurnia poured milk, dished out potato salad and ham, muttering, " 'shamed of yourselves," in varying degrees of intensity.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • varying = differing
  • This was one of those areas where it always seemed that what people knew was varied, both as far as what was fact and just how informed they were.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • varied = differed (was different)
  • At the peak of his intelligence, Algernon's performance had become variable.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
variable = non-constant (unpredictable, or changing from time to time)
(Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" in variable means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable. Note that when "-able" is placed at the end of a word that ends in "Y", the "Y" is often replaced with "I" as in enviable and deniable.)

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