of different kinds, as two or more things; differing one from another:Various experiments have not proved his theory.
marked by or exhibiting variety or diversity:houses of various designs.
presenting or having many different qualities or aspects:a woman of various talent.
having a variety of colors; varicolored.
different from each other; dissimilar.
numerous; many:living at various hotels.
individual (in a group, class, kind, etc.); separate:permission from various officials in Washington.
Informal Termsseveral, many, or numerous ones:I spoke with various of them.
Latin varius speckled, variegated, hence manifold, diverse; see -ous
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedVarious,different,distinct,diverse describe things that are not identical or alike. Various stresses the multiplicity of sorts or instances of a thing or a class of things:various sorts of seaweed; busy with various duties.Different emphasizes separateness and dissimilarity:two different(or differing) versions of the same story.Distinct implies a uniqueness that is clear and unmistakable:plans similar in objective but distinct in method.Diverse usually suggests a disparity capable of leading to conflict or disagreement:diverse views on how the area should be zoned.
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sundry.
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged diversified, variegated, varied.
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged identical, same, uniform, similar.