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’
    • ‘Further studies are needed to help differentiate between the various possibilities.’
    • ‘My difficulties with this are many and various and should be shared by most.’
    • ‘There are many mountain ranges throughout the world, all of various ages and sizes.’
    • ‘We involved women from various parts of the County and from different walks of life.’
    • ‘The term is used in several different ways and can be applied to various art forms.’
    • ‘You need to do is work out what might happen under the various different scenarios.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To address this, an instructor must use various teaching methods to capture as many students as possible.’
    • ‘There are also various groups of neurons within the brain stem.’
    • ‘Koi carp found in the UK come in various colours, but are always bright and distinctive.’
    • ‘Some came with empty oil tanks of various sizes to hoard the fuel as much as possible.’
    • ‘Within each type are several different Pokemon each possessing various abilities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Monday I leave for Boston with a car full of cameras and film of various shapes and sizes.’
    • ‘There are various types of eczema, with slightly different causes and symptoms.’
    • ‘At the desk Cassie and Sally filled out various forms.’
    • ‘The seminars are presented by the aforementioned authors as well as various professional agencies.’
    • ‘The performances are polished and well adapted to the differing styles of the various works.’
    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’
      • ‘Faces in the Crowd offers a wonderfully various and intelligently chosen spread of images.’
      • ‘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.’
      diverse, different, differing, varied, varying, a variety of, dissimilar, disparate, assorted, mixed, sundry, miscellaneous, variegated, heterogeneous
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determiner & pronoun

  • More than one; individual and separate.

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