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English verb: vary

1. vary (change) become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

SamplesHer mood changes in accordance with the weather.
The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season.

Synonymsalter, change

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)accommodate, adapt, alternate, avianise, avianize, branch out, break, broaden, crackle, diversify, diversify, honeycomb, jump, let out, modulate, move, narrow, narrow down, radiate, specialise, specialize, take in, widen

2. vary (stative) be at variance with; be out of line with

Synonymsdepart, deviate, diverge

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)differ

Narrower (hyponym)aberrate, aberrate, belie, contradict, negate


3. vary (stative) be subject to change in accordance with a variable

SamplesPrices vary.
His moods vary depending on the weather.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)differ

Narrower (hyponym)co-vary, drift

4. vary (change) make something more diverse and varied

SamplesVary the menu.

Synonymsmotley, variegate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)diversify

Narrower (hyponym)checker, chequer

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