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"variable" in British English

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variableadjective

uk   /ˈveə.ri.ə.bl̩/  us   /ˈver.i-/
variability
noun [U] uk   /ˌveə.ri.əˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/  us   /ˌver.i.əˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/

variablenoun [C]

uk   /ˈveə.ri.ə.bl̩/  us   /ˈver.i-/ specialized
(Definition of variable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"variable" in American English

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variableadjective

 us   /ˈveər·i·ə·bəl, ˈvær-/
  • variable adjective (CHANGING)

likely to ​change, or ​showingchange or ​difference as a ​characteristic: Our ​weather is very variable in the ​spring.
variability
noun [U]  us   /ˌveər·i·əˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i, ˌvær-/
There is a lot of variability between ​brands.
variably
adverb  us   /ˈveər·i·ə·bli, ˈvær-/

variablenoun [C]

 us   /ˈveər·i·ə·bəl, ˈvær-/
  • variable noun [C] (SYMBOL)

mathematics a ​letter or ​symbol that ​represents any of a set of ​values
  • variable noun [C] (CHANGING)

something that can ​change, esp. in a way that cannot be ​known in ​advance: Among the variables that could ​prevent us from ​finishing the ​building by ​June are the ​weather and the ​availability of ​materials.
(Definition of variable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"variable" in Business English

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variableadjective

uk   us   /ˈveəriəbl/
able to ​change or be ​changed: 50% of the ​restaurant manager's ​remuneration was variable. Returns are variable but can ​rise to as much as 9%. Those who ​bought variable ​annuities a few ​years ago are already ​losingmoney on them.
not always of the same ​level or ​standard: Internetphonecallquality can be wildly variable. The new ​chips have ​turned out to be of variable ​quality.

variablenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈveəriəbl/
a ​number, ​amount, or ​situation that can ​change and affect something in different ways: Right now, there are too many variables for us to make a decision.
(Definition of variable from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “variable”
in Arabic مُتغَيّر…
in Korean 변동이 심한…
in Portuguese variável…
in Catalan variable…
in Japanese 変わりやすい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 多变的, 反复无常的…
in Turkish sıkça değişen, değişken…
in Russian изменчивый, непостоянный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 多變的, 反復無常的…
in Italian variabile…
in Polish zmienny…
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