var·y (vârē, vărē)
v. var·ied (-ēd), var·y·ing, var·ies (-ēz)
1. To undergo or show change: The temperature varied throughout the day.
2. To deviate from a standard or expectation: behavior that varies from the norm.
3. To have a range of different qualities or amounts: Shirt sizes vary from small to extra large.
1. To make or cause changes in; modify or alter: vary the speed of the drill.
2. To give variety to; make diverse: vary one's diet.
[Middle English varien, to undergo change, from Old French varier, from Latin variāre, from varius, various.]
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