WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
var•i•ous /ˈvɛriəs/USA pronunciation   adj. [usually: before a noun]
  1. of different kinds, as two or more things:various cheeses for sale.
  2. showing differences or diversity:houses of various designs.
  3. different from each other;
    dissimilar:various opinions about who committed the crime.
  4. several;
    many:We stayed at various hotels along the way.
  5. individual;
    separate:We spoke to various officials.
  6. having many different qualities:a woman of various talents.
var•i•ous•ly, adv. : The number was variously estimated at anywhere from 80 to 120.
var•i•ous•ness, n. [uncountable]See -var-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
var•i•ous  (vârē əs),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of different kinds, as two or more things;
    differing one from another:Various experiments have not proved his theory.
  2. marked by or exhibiting variety or diversity:houses of various designs.
  3. presenting or having many different qualities or aspects:a woman of various talent.
  4. having a variety of colors;
  5. different from each other;
  6. variant.
  7. numerous;
    many:living at various hotels.
  8. individual (in a group, class, kind, etc.);
    separate:permission from various officials in Washington.

  1. Informal Termsseveral, many, or numerous ones:I spoke with various of them.
vari•ous•ly, adv. 
vari•ous•ness, n. 
  • Latin varius speckled, variegated, hence manifold, diverse; see -ous
  • 1545–55
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Various, 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.

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