various
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, probably from Medieval Latin *variosus, from Latin varius Date: 15th century 1. archaic variable, inconstant 2. varicolored <
birds of various plumage
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3. a. of differing kinds ; multifarious b. dissimilar in nature or form ; unlike <
animals as various as the jaguar and the sloth
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4. having a number of different aspects or characteristics <
a various place
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<
a various talent
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5. of an indefinite number greater than one <
stop at various towns
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6. individual, separate <
rate increases granted in the various states
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Synonyms: see differentvariousness noun II. pronoun, plural in construction Date: 1877 an indefinite number of separate individuals greater than one <
conversations with people from various of the schools — Patricia Linden
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  • various — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ different from one another; of different kinds or sorts. ► DETERMINER & PRONOUN ▪ more than one; individual and separate. DERIVATIVES variously adverb variousness noun. ORIGIN Latin varius changing, diverse …   English terms dictionary

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  • various — variously, adv. variousness, n. /vair ee euhs/, adj. 1. of different kinds, as two or more things; differing one from another: Various experiments have not proved his theory. 2. marked by or exhibiting variety or diversity: houses of various… …   Universalium

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