Meaning of “vary” in the English Dictionary

"vary" in British English

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varyverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈveə.ri/ us /ˈver.i/

vary verb [ I or T ] (BE DIFFERENT)

B2 If things of the same type vary, they are different from each other, and if you vary them, you cause them to be different from each other:

Salary scales vary between states/from state to state/according to state/with each state.
The samples varied in quality but were generally acceptable.
We have tried several different approaches, with varying degrees of success.

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  • Estimates of the amount of money needed to decontaminate the heavily polluted chemical installations vary.
  • Application forms vary greatly in layout and length.
  • The cheeses vary in pungency.
  • Prices vary widely from shop to shop.
  • Stopping distances for cars vary with the speed they are travelling at.

(Definition of “vary” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vary" in American English

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varyverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈveər·i, ˈvær·i/

to change in some way, or to cause similar things to differ:

[ I ] The value of stocks will vary from month to month.
[ T ] My husband varies the vegetables he plants each year.
varying
adjective [ not gradable ] /ˈveər·i·ɪŋ, ˈvær-/

He tried a number of different businesses with varying degrees of success.

(Definition of “vary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"vary" in Business English

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varyverb

uk /ˈveəri/ us

[ I or T ] to change in amount or level or make a change in amount or level:

vary considerably/greatly/widely The incomes of self-employed professionals can vary widely from one month to the next.
Employees can vary their work time up to two hours before or after normal working hours.
vary between sth and sth Prices vary between $65 and $160.

[ I ] to change in different situations:

Interest rates vary from around 4% up to more than 7%.
vary in sth They vary in the methods they use.
vary according to sth The formula for maximum cash withdrawal can vary according to policy types.

(Definition of “vary” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)