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English definition of “variety”


noun     /vəˈraɪəti/ (plural varieties)
[C] one particular type of a thing: We need to create new varieties of drought-resistant coffee . We select apple varieties with a longer shelf-life.
[S] many different types of similar things or people : a variety of sth The company makes a variety of cameras . They stock a wide variety of tools .
[U] the characteristic of often changing and being different: Most people like a bit of variety in their work .
(Definition of variety noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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