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"variance" in British English

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variancenoun

uk   /ˈveə.ri.əns/  us   /ˈver.i.əns/
[C or U] formal the ​fact that two or more things are different, or the ​amount or ​number by which they are different: There has been some ​unusual variance in ​temperature this ​month. I could ​detectsubtle variances in ​fragrance as we ​strolled through the ​garden.
[C] US specialized law officialpermission to do something that is not ​normallyallowed: We had to get a (​zoning) variance before we could ​build the ​extension on ​ourhouse.
be at variance (with sb/sth)
to be in ​disagreement with someone or something, or to be different from him, her, or it: Young people's ​reactions to ​worldevents are often at variance with those of ​theirparents. Her ​public and ​privatepersonas are at variance.
(Definition of variance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"variance" in American English

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variancenoun [C]

 us   /ˈveər·i·əns, ˈvær-/
permission to do something ​differently from the ​official or ​usual way: He requested a variance to ​build an ​addition to his ​house.
(Definition of variance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"variance" in Business English

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variancenoun

uk   us   /ˈveəriəns/
[C or U] a difference between two or more or things: We ​found a wide variance in the ​size, ​shape, and ​design of ​digitalprojectors. The ​government fears that too much variance in the ​treatment of Scottish and English ​students could cause ​political strain.
[C] ACCOUNTING the difference between the ​costs, ​sales, etc. expected during a particular ​period, and the ​finalcosts, etc: Weekly ​sales variances are more ​volatile and ultimately less meaningful.
[C] US LAW, PROPERTY a ​change in a ​law, especially one involving the use of ​property, that is ​allowed by a ​localgovernment in particular ​situations: apply for/request/seek a variance The ​powercompany has ​applied for a variance to the county ​rule on burying ​lines.grant/deny a variance They ​filed a ​lawsuit against ​trustees after they were denied a variance to ​build a ​home on 17.82 ​acres. He says he ​requested a zoning variance but that the county ​refused to ​process it.
(Definition of variance from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “variance”
in Chinese (Simplified) 分歧, 不同, 差异…
in Chinese (Traditional) 分歧, 不同, 差異…
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