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to change or be different, esp. from one occasion to another or from one item to another within a group, or to cause this to happen
The value of stocks will vary from month to month.
My husband varies the vegetables he plants each year.
adjective [not gradable]
He tried a number of different businesses with varying degrees of success.
having or showing many different types, or changing often
The varied symptoms included severe muscle pain, headaches, and dizziness.
adjective [not gradable]
several and different
He underwent various treatments for the disease, none of them successful.
We enjoy eating in various types of restaurants.
After holding various jobs in different states, he settled in Oregon and opened a law office in Portland.
adverb [not gradable]
in several different ways or at several different times
Studies variously put the US homeless population today at a high of 2 million and a low of 230,000.
permission to do something differently from the official or usual way
He requested a variance to build an addition to his house.
To be at variance is to be different:
The official census count was at variance with the count we had made.
something that differs slightly from other similar things
There are four variants of malaria, all transmitted to humans by mosquitoes.
change in quality, amount, or level
The variation in the price during the past month is startling.
A variation also is a difference, or a thing that differs slightly from another of its type: Her movies are all variations on the same theme.
(from Cambridge Dictionary of American English)
not the same
Monet and other Impressionists painted the same scene at different times of day to discover how the colors change in the different light.
The weather down here is a lot different than it is at home.
Emily is entirely different from her sister.
the way in which two things being compared are not the same, or the fact of not being the same
We try to teach the kids the difference between right and wrong.
We'd like better seats, but if the difference in price is too much, we'll keep what we have.
A difference of opinion is a disagreement:
There was a difference of opinion about the best way to run the business, and as a result I left the company.
Differences can be disagreements: We've had our differences, but we've learned to respect each other's point of view.
I would have done things differently if I had the chance to do them over again.
(from Cambridge Dictionary of American English)Source(s): Cambridge Dictionary of American English