transitive verb (-gated; -gating) Etymology: Latin variegatus, past participle of variegare, from varius various + -egare (akin to Latin agere to drive) — more at agent Date: 1653 1. to diversify in external appearance especially with different colors ; dapple 2. to enliven or give interest to by means of variety • variegator noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Variegate — Va ri*e*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Variegated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Variegating}.] [L. variegatus, p. p. of variegare to variegate; varius various + agere to move, make. See {Various}, and {Agent}.] To diversify in external appearance; to mark with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • variegate — index alter, change, vary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • variegate — (v.) to mark with different colors, 1640s (implied in variegation), from L.L. variegatus made of various sorts or colors, pp. of variegare diversify with different colors, from varius spotted, changing, varying (see VARY (Cf. vary)) + root of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • variegate — [ver′ē ə gāt΄, var′ē ə gāt΄] vt. variegated, variegating [< L variegatus, pp. of variegare < varius: see VARY] 1. to make varied in appearance by differences, as in colors 2. to give variety to; diversify …   English World dictionary

  • variegate — variegator, n. /vair ee i gayt , vair i gayt /, v.t., variegated, variegating. 1. to make varied in appearance, as by adding different colors. 2. to give variety to; diversify. [1645 55; < LL variegatus (ptp. of variegare to make (something) look …   Universalium

  • variegate — 1. verb a) to add variety to something; to diversify b) to change the appearance of something, especially by covering with patches or streaks of different colour 2. adjective variegated …   Wiktionary

  • variegate — var·i·e·gate (varґe ĭ gāt″) [L. varius diverse] 1. marked by variety; diversified. 2. having patchy spots or streaks of different colors …   Medical dictionary

  • variegate — Synonyms and related words: band, bar, bespangle, bespeckle, bespot, blotch, break up, check, checker, dapple, differ, differentiate, dissent, disunify, divaricate, diverge, diversify, dot, flake, fleck, freckle, harlequin, iris, maculate, marble …   Moby Thesaurus

  • variegate — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. diversify, spatter, mottle; see color 1 , 2 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To mark with a line or band, as of different color or texture: streak, striate, stripe. See MARKS …   English dictionary for students

  • variegate — var·i·e·gate || verɪgeɪt / veÉ™r v. change appearance (especially color); make interesting; variate …   English contemporary dictionary

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