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various Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite of many different kinds purposefully arranged but lacking any uniformity
    • assorted sizes
    • his disguises are many and various
    • various experiments have failed to disprove the theory
    • cited various reasons for his behavior
  2. adjective satellite considered individually
    respective; several.
    • the respective club members
    • specialists in their several fields
    • the various reports all agreed
  3. adjective satellite distinctly dissimilar or unlike
    • celebrities as diverse as Bob Hope and Bob Dylan
    • animals as various as the jaguar and the cavy and the sloth
  4. adjective satellite having great diversity or variety
    • his various achievements are impressive
    • his vast and versatile erudition

Va"ri*ous adjective
L. varius. Cf. Vair.
  1. Different; diverse; several; manifold; as, men of various names; various occupations; various colors.
    So many and so various laws are given. Milton.
    A wit as various, gay, grave, sage, or wild. Byron.
  2. Changeable; uncertain; inconstant; variable.
    A man so various, that he seemed to be Not one, but all mankind's epitome. Dryden.
    The names of mixed modes . . . are very various. Locke.
  3. Variegated; diversified; not monotonous.
    A happy rural seat of various view. Milton.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

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