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1 make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence; "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season" [syn: change, alter]
2 be at variance with; be out of line with [syn: deviate, diverge, depart] [ant: conform]
3 be subject to change in accordance with a variable; "Prices vary"; "His moods vary depending on the weather"
4 make something more diverse and varied; "Vary the menu" [syn: variegate, motley] [also: varied]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. to change with time
  2. not to remain constant




Common Malayo-Polynesian, compare Indonesian beras



Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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