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"variety" in British English

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varietynoun

uk   /vəˈraɪə.ti/  us   /vəˈraɪə.t̬i/
  • variety noun (CHANGE)

B1 [U] the ​characteristic of often ​changing and being different: When ​planningmeals, you need to ​think about variety and ​taste as well as ​nutritionalvalue. Sexual ​reproductionserves to ​creategenetic variety. Work on the ​productionline is ​monotonous and ​lacks variety.

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  • variety noun (TYPE)

[C] a different ​type of something: The ​article was about the different varieties ofSpanishspoken in ​SouthAmerica. This variety ofrose is ​especiallyhardy and drought-resistant. Our ​supermarketstocksapples in several different varieties.
A2 [S] many different ​types of things or ​people: She does a variety offitnessactivities. The ​equipment could be used for a variety ofeducationalpurposes. Manufacturers need ​largesales to ​justifyoffering a ​big variety in ​exportmarkets.
  • variety noun (ENTERTAINMENT)

[U] a ​type of ​entertainment which ​includes several ​separateshortperformances, such as ​singing, ​dancing, ​magictricks, and ​tellingjokes: a variety show
(Definition of variety from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"variety" in American English

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varietynoun

 us   /vəˈrɑɪ·ɪ·t̬i/
  • variety noun (DIFFERENCE)

[U] the ​characteristic of ​frequentlychanging, or of ​including many different ​types or things: The ​marketsoffer a variety of ​freshfruits and ​vegetables. You can get ​magazines there that have a little ​bit more variety.
  • variety noun (TYPE)

[C] a ​type, esp. one among a ​group of things that ​sharegeneralfeatures and ​differ in some ​details: Several different varieties of ​sparrowslive around here.
(Definition of variety from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"variety" in Business English

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varietynoun

uk   us   /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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“variety” in American English

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