Definition of various in US English:

various

adjective

  • 1Different from one another; of different kinds or sorts.

    ‘dresses of various colors’
    ‘his grievances were many and various’
    • ‘The term is used in several different ways and can be applied to various art forms.’
    • ‘My difficulties with this are many and various and should be shared by most.’
    • ‘The seminars are presented by the aforementioned authors as well as various professional agencies.’
    • ‘Further studies are needed to help differentiate between the various possibilities.’
    • ‘The various antibiotics in each group differ by the nature of one or two side chains.’
    • ‘Within each type are several different Pokemon each possessing various abilities.’
    • ‘There are also various groups of neurons within the brain stem.’
    • ‘You need to do is work out what might happen under the various different scenarios.’
    • ‘Some came with empty oil tanks of various sizes to hoard the fuel as much as possible.’
    • ‘Koi carp found in the UK come in various colours, but are always bright and distinctive.’
    • ‘We involved women from various parts of the County and from different walks of life.’
    • ‘There are various types of eczema, with slightly different causes and symptoms.’
    • ‘We are all, in our various ways, reliant on others to do their jobs properly.’
    • ‘The performances are polished and well adapted to the differing styles of the various works.’
    • ‘Monday I leave for Boston with a car full of cameras and film of various shapes and sizes.’
    • ‘To address this, an instructor must use various teaching methods to capture as many students as possible.’
    • ‘Each building consists principally of residential apartments of various sizes.’
    • ‘We had extra staff in the ground, at the railway station and across various parts of the city.’
    • ‘At the desk Cassie and Sally filled out various forms.’
    • ‘There are many mountain ranges throughout the world, all of various ages and sizes.’
    diverse, different, differing, varied, varying, a variety of, dissimilar, disparate, assorted, mixed, sundry, miscellaneous, variegated, heterogeneous
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    1. 1.1 Having or showing different properties or qualities.
      ‘their environments are locally various’
      • ‘Their environments are locally various and the types of cattle are often divided from each other by the topography of the country.’
      • ‘Gorky's drawings are so rich, so various, so complex, and often so mysterious that they must be studied with rigorous concentration if we are to tease out their secrets.’
      • ‘Faces in the Crowd offers a wonderfully various and intelligently chosen spread of images.’
      diverse, different, differing, varied, varying, a variety of, dissimilar, disparate, assorted, mixed, sundry, miscellaneous, variegated, heterogeneous
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pronoun & determiner

  • More than one; individual and separate.

    as determiner ‘various people arrived late’
    as pronoun ‘various of her friends had called’
    • ‘Over the past few days various local celebrities and sports stars have called in to offer their support.’
    • ‘All this adds up to a balanced feel while driving the car in various road conditions.’
    • ‘Cannabis does not have to be smoked; one can cook with it and use it in various other ways.’
    • ‘Other donations have been made to various disaster funds and local people and causes.’
    • ‘The hatches covering the various access points into the hull stood invitingly open.’
    • ‘They will be directed to the various other venues, both public and commercial.’
    • ‘Police have questioned various of Leigh's university friends.’
    • ‘Early fears of waterlogging and flooding in various of the venue's marquees proved unfounded.’
    • ‘He has been unavailable due to various other commitments, including his wedding.’
    • ‘In short, since then she's been involved in drink, drugs and various other activities.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, the same trends have given rise to various other climatic extremities.’
    • ‘The school teaches children various instruments from piano to electronic keyboard.’
    • ‘Yet that is just the sort of behaviour which is prompting various users of the centre to threaten to pull out.’
    • ‘We may be led to believe that there is fierce rivalry between the various drug companies.’
    • ‘In the park there were various fairground rides and the usual stalls and attractions.’
    • ‘In the television studio various experts were wheeled out to analyse and speculate.’
    • ‘Why are interpretations by various astrologers so different for the same forecast period?’
    • ‘Like others I am also a member of various community groups and charities all of which are unpaid.’
    • ‘They made various other angry accusations and in the end walked out in contempt.’
    • ‘He was gigging around town with various other musicians and had a weekend gig at a jazz cafe in town playing piano.’
    numerous, many, several, copious, abundant, profuse, countless, innumerable, large number of, multiplicity of
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Usage

In standard English, the word various is normally used as an adjective. It is best reserved for contexts indicating variety, and should not be used as a synonym for several. In colloquial American speech, various is sometimes also used (as though it were a pronoun) followed by of, as in various of her friends had called —another way of saying some of or several of. This use is discouraged by some traditionalists, however, because various is properly an adjective, not a pronoun

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin varius ‘changing, diverse’ + -ous.

Pronunciation

various

/ˈverēəs//ˈvɛriəs/