Vary Va"ry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Varied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Varying}.] [OE. varien, F. varier, L. variare, fr. varius various. See {Various}, and cf. {Variate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To change the aspect of; to alter in form, appearance, substance, position, or the like; to make different by a partial change; to modify; as, to vary the properties, proportions, or nature of a thing; to vary a posture or an attitude; to vary one's dress or opinions. [1913 Webster]

Shall we vary our device at will, Even as new occasion appears? --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. To change to something else; to transmute; to exchange; to alternate. [1913 Webster]

Gods, that never change their state, Vary oft their love and hate. --Waller. [1913 Webster]

We are to vary the customs according to the time and country where the scene of action lies. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversity; to variegate. [1913 Webster]

God hath varied their inclinations. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

God hath here Varied his bounty so with new delights. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mus.) To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See {Variation}, 4. [1913 Webster]

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