vary

vary
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W2S2 [ˈveəri US ˈveri] v past tense and past participle varied present participle varying third person singular varies
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: varier, from Latin variare, from varius; VARIOUS]
1.) [I]
if several things of the same type vary, they are all different from each other
= ↑differ
Test scores vary from school to school .
The heights of the plants vary from 8 cm to 20 cm.
vary in
flowers that vary in color and size
Medical treatment varies greatly from state to state.
Cooking times may vary slightly , depending on your oven.
Charges vary according to size.
She has tried different diets with varying degrees of success.
tests of varying levels of difficulty
2.) [I]
if something varies, it changes depending on the situation
Quentin's mood seems to vary according to the weather.
'What do you wear when you go out?' 'Well, it varies .'
3.) [T]
to change something to make it different
My doctor said I should vary my diet more.
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
vary from place to place/person to person etc
vary from something to something
vary considerably/greatly/widely/enormously
vary slightly
vary according to/depending on something
varying degrees/levels/sizes/amounts
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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