Meaning of “various” in the English Dictionary

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"various" in British English

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uk /ˈveə.ri.əs/ us /ˈver.i.əs/

A2 many different:

We had various problems on our journey, including a flat tyre.
The author gave various reasons for having written the book.
Girardo was out of action with various injuries for most of last season.
Various people whom we weren't expecting turned up at the meeting.

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  • After the party I collected up bottles from various parts of the house.
  • He's been suffering various aches and pains for years.
  • There are various treatments for this complaint.
  • There are various points to look out for when you're judging dogs in a competition.
  • There seems to be very little communication between the various government departments.

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

"various" in American English

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variousadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈveər·i·əs, ˈvær-/

several and different:

He underwent various treatments for the disease, none of them successful.
We enjoy eating in various types of restaurants.
After holding various jobs in different states, he settled in Oregon and opened a law office in Portland.

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