Usual vs Vary - What's the difference?

usual | vary |


As a adjective usual

is most commonly occurring.

As a verb vary is

to change with time or a similar parameter.

As a noun vary is

(obsolete) alteration; change.

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usual

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • most commonly occurring
  • The preference of a boy to a girl is a usual occurrence in some parts of China.
    It is becoming more usual these days to rear children as bilingual.

    Synonyms

    * common, wonted, normal, standard, regular, ordinary, plain, simple

    Antonyms

    * unusual

    Derived terms

    * usualness * usually * unusual * as usual

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    vary

    English

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • To change with time or a similar parameter.
  • He varies his magic tricks so as to minimize the possibility that any given audience member will see the same trick twice.
  • To institute a change in, from a current state; to modify.
  • You should vary your diet. Eating just bread will do you harm in the end.
  • * Waller
  • Gods, that never change their state, / Vary oft their love and hate.
  • * Dryden
  • We are to vary the customs according to the time and country where the scene of action lies.
  • Not to remain constant: to change with time or a similar parameter.
  • His mood varies by the hour.
    The sine function varies between &
  • x2212;1 and 1.
  • * Addison
  • While fear and anger, with alternate grace, / Pant in her breast, and vary in her face.
  • (of the members of a group) To display differences.
  • ''The sprouting tendency of potatoes varies between cultivars, years and places of growing.
  • To be or act different from the usual.
  • I'm not comfortable with 3.Nc3 in the Caro-Kann, so I decided to vary and play exd5.
  • To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversity; to variegate.
  • * Sir Thomas Browne
  • God hath varied their inclinations.
  • * Milton
  • God hath here / Varied his bounty so with new delights.
  • (music) To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See variation .
  • (obsolete) To disagree; to be at variance or in dissension.
  • * Webster (1623)
  • the rich jewel which we vary for

    Noun

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  • (obsolete) Alteration; change.
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