1) ADJ: usu ADJ n If you say that there are various things, you mean there are several different things of the type mentioned.

His plan is to spread the capital between various building society accounts...

The school has received various grants from the education department.

2) ADJ If a number of things are described as various, they are very different from one another.

The methods are many and various.

...the country's rich and various heritage.


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  • various — early 15c., characterized by variety, from M.Fr. varieux, from L. varius changing, different, diverse (see VARY (Cf. vary)). Meaning different from one another is recorded from 1630s. Related: Variously …   Etymology dictionary

  • various — 1 *different, diverse, divergent, disparate Analogous words: *distinct, separate: distinctive, peculiar, individual (see CHARACTERISTIC): varying, changing (see CHANGE vb) Antonyms: uniform: cognate 2 *many, seve …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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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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