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variety

noun uk   /vəˈraɪə.ti/  us   /-t̬i/

variety noun (CHANGE)

B1 [U] the characteristic of often changing and being different: When preparing meals, you need to think about variety and taste as well as nutritional value. Sexual reproduction serves to create genetic variety. Work on the production line 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 of Spanish spoken in South America. This variety of rose is especially hardy and drought-resistant. Our supermarket stocks apples in several different varieties.A2 [S] many different types of things or people: She does a variety of fitness activities. The equipment could be used for a variety of educational purposes. Manufacturers need large sales to justify offering a big variety in export markets.

variety noun (ENTERTAINMENT)

[U] a type of entertainment which includes several separate short performances, such as singing, dancing, magic tricks, and telling jokes: a variety show
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