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vary between (someone or something)

1. To alternate between two or more different options, choices, or possibilities. I keep varying between graphite and ink for my drawings. The senator keeps varying between wildly different tones during his campaign—one moment he's making tearful emotional appeals, and the next he's spewing the most hateful vitriol against his opponents.
2. To alternate or fluctuate between two or more different states or conditions. The weather around here varies between cloudy and rainy—not a lot of sun in these parts.
3. To change or differ between two or more people, things, or groups. Reception of the proposed legislation has varied between demographics but has largely been positive. Specific laws will vary between one country and another, so you'll want to look into it before your trip across Europe this summer.
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vary from (someone or something)

1. To differ from or be at odds with someone or something else. Our findings vary from the Pentagon's official report. The behavior of bees sprayed with the neurochemical vary drastically from that of unaffected bees.
2. To be different between two or more people, things, or groups. Reception of the proposed legislation varies from person to person, but the overall consensus is that it is the right step for the country. Certain traffic laws on vary widely from one state to another.
3. To change or alter from one state to another. Reactions to the film have varied from mild dislike to intense hatred. The weather in this part of the country can vary from cold rain to warm sunshine in the space of an hour.
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vary up

To alter, change, or adjust some variable factor, aspect, or element of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "vary" and "up." I'd like to start varying up the dinners we make each week—we've been getting stuck in a routine of making the same stuff. You should vary your workout up if you want to really improve your body.
See also: up, vary

vary with (something)

1. To differ from or be at odds with something else. Our findings vary with the Pentagon's official report. We need to figure out why your answers vary with those of the textbook.
2. To become different based on or according to some determining factor. A person's reaction to this medication will vary with age. The tone of my writing tends to vary with how happy I am in a given moment.
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vary up

To change the variables associated with something: The cafeteria varied up its menu with a new kind of sandwich. You've worn the same blue sweater all week—why not vary it up and wear something new?
See also: up, vary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Since Plato, a Greek Philosopher time's dialogue has made an impact upon the later forms of dialogue, and it variedly expresses the intellectual and philosophical attitudes of the people.
She is seen variedly as a wannabe prime minister, a master manipulator, and possibly the kingmaker after the election results are out.
While the United States, Japan, South Korea, and Russia find common ground in supporting diplomatic pressure to North Korea, in practice each country has acted variedly. South Korea is inconspicuous in applying diplomatic pressure to avoid potential detrimental consequences to inter-Korean relations.
He has to borrow language--the voice of the public, that collection of traditional and irrational terms and rules, oddly created and transformed, oddly codified, and very variedly understood and pronounced.
However, it is difficult to ascertain the identity of these women who are variedly named as 'Jnanadasundari', 'Kumudasundari' and 'Golapsundari'.
A final conclusion would seem to be, therefore, that BAAF, along with similar organisations, succeeds very well for the first, achieves variedly in the second but is less certain about the third.
While variedly defined and operationalized in the family business literature (e.g., Astrachan & Shanker, 2003; Heck & Trent, 1999; Westhead & Cowling, 1998), we focus on family firms that are governed and/or managed by members of one or few families with the intention of sustaining the business across generations to shape and pursue the vision of the family members (c.f., Chua, Chrisman, & Sharma, 1999).
There is always great risk with a number of picturesque actors, clothed in variedly shaped and gaily coloured costumes, of their assuming the character of a tableau theatrique.
It is a Nineteenth-century literary gesture, for Saint-Pierre's classic was one of the most successful romantic works that by the mid-twentieth century had gone through more than five hundred editions (the bulk of them in the Nineteenth-century) and, similarly, it was one of the most variedly illustrated books ever, with more than two hundred illustrated editions (Toinet 1-6, Adhema 133-140).
Musically, the main difference appears to be the bass levels, but lyrically, Dizzee expands his repertoire with his east end delivery spitting slickly and variedly. The boy is no longer sat in the corner and he is certainly no one-hit wonder.
These three levels are described from three different perspectives, variedly corresponding with them, namely from a biographic, a technological, and a cultural viewpoint (see also House, 1981; Blenkin, Edwards, Kelly, 1993).
The mojo tales are variedly frightening, mysterious, tongue-in-cheek, curious, exciting, didactic and deceptively simplistic, but almost always interesting.
The neurological symptoms in burst fracture or osteoporotic vertebral collapse of thoracolumbar junction are variedly. We suspect that the relationship between the vertebral body and the conus medullaris is related to the variation of these neurological symptoms.
For thousands of years the immense plenitude of ancient myths has been reflected both vividly and variedly in the way countless personalities of different origin and rank have seen themselves and the world.