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"variation" in British English

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variationnoun

uk   /ˌveə.riˈeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌver.i-/
  • variation noun (CHANGE)

B2 [C or U] a ​change in ​amount or ​level: Unemployment ​rates among ​white-collarworkers show much less ​regional variation than ​correspondingrates among ​blue-collarworkers. The ​medicaltestsshowed some variation in the baby's ​heartrate. globaltemperature variations over the last 140 ​years

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  • variation noun (DIFFERENCE)

C2 [C] something that is ​slightly different from the ​usualform or ​arrangement: There are wide variations in the way ​pensioners have ​benefited from the ​system. The ​films she makes are all variations on the sametheme. [C] specialized music one of several ​shorttunes that are ​based on the same ​simpletune, but are different from it and from the ​others: symphonic variations
(Definition of variation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"variation" in American English

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variationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌveər·iˈeɪ·ʃən, ˌvær-/
change in ​quality, ​amount, or ​level: [U] The variation in the ​price during the past ​month is ​startling. A variation also is a ​difference, or a thing that ​differsslightly from another of ​itstype: [C] Her ​movies are all variations on the same ​theme.
(Definition of variation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"variation" in Business English

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variationnoun

uk   us   /ˌveəriˈeɪʃən/
[C or U] a ​change in the ​amount or ​level of something: Unemployment ​rates for ​individual counties are not ​adjusted for seasonal variations.variation in sth The ​company uses ​outsourcing to ​respond to variations in ​demand.
[C] something which is slightly different from the usual ​form or ​arrangement: a variation on sth Sometimes a ​small variation on an existing ​idea is enough to make it ​stand out.
(Definition of variation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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