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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
  •   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
  • There were, I considered, amongst my guests, varying degrees of guilt.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • varying = differing
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • If you weren't a Two or Three, it was just varying shades of bad.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • varying = differing
  • It was in sufficient proximity to bring the whole sermon to her ears, in the shape of an indistinct but varied murmur and flow of the minister's very peculiar voice.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • varied = differing
  • On this eventful day, moreover, there was a certain singular inquietude and excitement in her mood, resembling nothing so much as the shimmer of a diamond, that sparkles and flashes with the varied throbbings of the breast on which it is displayed.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • varied = differing
  • It is that of the Collector, our gallant old General, who, after his brilliant military service, subsequently to which he had ruled over a wild Western territory, had come hither, twenty years before, to spend the decline of his varied and honourable life.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • varied = differing
  • The Dauntless cheer at varying pitches, high and low, bright and deep.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Four continues, "The number of fears you have in your landscape varies according to how many you have."
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent

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