Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of diverse kinds: for various reasons.
  • adj. Unlike; different.
  • adj. Being more than one; several.
  • adj. Many-sided; versatile: a person of various skills.
  • adj. Having a variegated nature or appearance.
  • adj. Being an individual or separate member of a class or group: The various reports all agreed.
  • adj. Archaic Changeable; variable.
  • pro. Usage Problem Several different people or things.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • more than one indeterminate thing
  • adj. having a broad range (of different elements).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Different; diverse; several; manifold.
  • adj. Changeable; uncertain; inconstant; variable.
  • adj. Variegated; diversified; not monotonous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Differing from one another; different; diverse; manifold: as, men of various occupations.
  • Divers; several.
  • Changeable; uncertain; inconstant; variable; unfixed.
  • Exhibiting different characters; variform; diversiform; multiform.
  • Having a diversity of features; not uniform or monotonous; diversified.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. distinctly dissimilar or unlike
  • adj. considered individually
  • adj. of many different kinds purposefully arranged but lacking any uniformity
  • adj. having great diversity or variety

Etymologies

From Latin varius.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French varieux, from Latin varius ("manifold, diverse, various, party-colored, variegated, also changing, changeable, fickle, etc.") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It ran the Brown stimulus, which we define as the various measures taken in the 2008 Pre-Budget Report, through their computers – and the resultant graphs are fascinating.

    How Brown's stimulus will destroy jobs

  • Investigators are still amassing a great deal of information based on eyewitnesses and what they called various sources.

    CNN Transcript Oct 15, 2002

  • Mr. Lieberman also criticized what he called various efforts by the

    NYT > Home Page

  • Some absolutely promiscuous butchers label various cuts of meat London broil, including flank steak, sirloin tip, top round, etc.

    The Big Apple

  • That the Authors Guild has not tried to create an RIAA-like entity in various is somewhat surprising – maybe it’s coming soon, I do not know.

    Arrrrr and arrrggggh! «

  • He was calling various officials in the administration to ask if Carter really listened to Mondale.

    The Good Fight

  • I am a little on the OCD side about how they are organized, so even though you might see some space on the left in various food shots, that space is reserved for baking books and it is cooking books I am out of space for (although dessert books are not far behind).

    Some Kitchen Photos & Some Inadvertantly Gooey Peppermint Brownies

  • Meanwhile, sources close to Hamas revealed over the weekend that the movement had "executed" more than 35 Palestinians who were suspected of collaborating with Israel and were being held in various Hamas security installations.

    Ah, more Palestinian unity

  • Demonstrations, riots and looting will break out in various sections of the country, hardest hit by the collapsing economy.

    Pravda predicts

  • In the Netted alpha test: a service that sends snail mail postcards with any photo you upload, a guide to the best rooms in various hotels, and visual maps of automated phone menus for 500 US companies.

    Boing Boing

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