Definition of various in English:

various

adjective

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

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

pronoun & determiner

  • More than one; individual and separate.

    [as determiner] ‘various people arrived late’
    [as pronoun] ‘various of her friends had called’
    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 and determiner. It is sometimes also used as a pronoun followed by of, as in various of her friends had called. Although this pronoun use is similar to that of words such as several and many (e.g. several of her friends had called), it is sometimes regarded as incorrect

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

various

/ˈvɛːrɪəs/