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English definition of “variation”

variation

noun (DIFFERENCE)    /ˌveə.riˈeɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌver.i-/
C2 [C] something that is slightly different from the usual form or arrangement : There are wide variations in the way pensioners have benefited from the system . The films she makes are all variations on the same theme .Different and difference [C] specialized music one of several short tunes that are based on the same simple tune , but are different from it and from the others : symphonic variationsMusical pieces
(Definition of variation noun (DIFFERENCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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