Definition of “variable” - English Dictionary

“variable” in British English

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variableadjective

uk /ˈveə.ri.ə.bəl/ us /ˈver.i.ə.bəl/

variablenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈveə.ri.ə.bəl/ us /ˈver.i.ə.bəl/ specialized

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

“variable” in American English

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variableadjective

us /ˈveər·i·ə·bəl, ˈvær-/

variable adjective (CHANGING)

likely to change, or showing change or difference as a characteristic:

Our weather is very variable in the spring.
variability
noun [ U ] us /ˌveər·i·əˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i, ˌvær-/

There is a lot of variability between brands.
variably
adverb us /ˈveər·i·ə·bli, ˈvær-/

variablenoun [ C ]

us /ˈveər·i·ə·bəl, ˈvær-/

variable noun [ C ] (SYMBOL)

mathematics a letter or symbol that represents any of a set of values

variable noun [ C ] (CHANGING)

something that can change, esp. in a way that cannot be known in advance:

Among the variables that could prevent us from finishing the building by June are the weather and the availability of materials.

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

“variable” in Business English

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variableadjective

uk /ˈveəriəbl/ us

able to change or be changed:

50% of the restaurant manager's remuneration was variable.
Returns are variable but can rise to as much as 9%.
Those who bought variable annuities a few years ago are already losing money on them.

not always of the same level or standard:

Internet phone call quality can be wildly variable.
The new chips have turned out to be of variable quality.

variablenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈveəriəbl/ us

a number, amount, or situation that can change and affect something in different ways:

Right now, there are too many variables for us to make a decision.

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