Vary vs Depart - What's the difference?

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Vary is a synonym of depart.

In context|obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between vary and depart

is that vary is (obsolete) alteration; change while depart is (obsolete) a going away; departure.

As verbs the difference between vary and depart

is that vary is to change with time or a similar parameter while depart is to leave; to set out on a journey.

As nouns the difference between vary and depart

is that vary is (obsolete) alteration; change while depart is (obsolete) division; separation, as of compound substances.

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  • 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.
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  • * 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


  • (obsolete) Alteration; change.
  • (Shakespeare)


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    (en verb)
  • To leave.
  • *Shakespeare
  • *:He which hath no stomach to this fight, / Let him depart .
  • *2009 , George Monbiot, The Guardian , 7 September:
  • *:The government maintains that if its regulations are too stiff, British bankers will leave the country. It's true that they have been threatening to depart in droves, but the obvious answer is: "Sod off then."
  • To set out on a journey.
  • *:
  • *:And soo she receyued hym vpon suffysaunt seurte / so alle her hurtes were wel restored of al that she coude complayne / and thenne he departed vnto the Courte of kyne Arthur / and there openly the reed knyghte of the reed laundes putte hym in the mercy of syre Launcelot and syr Gawayne
  • To die.
  • *Bible, Luke ii. 29:
  • *:Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace.
  • To deviate (from).
  • :His latest statements seemed to depart from party policy somewhat.
  • :to depart from a title or defence in legal pleading
  • *Madison
  • *:if the plan of the convention be found to depart from republican principles
  • To go away from; to leave.
  • *Bible, 1 Sam. iv. 2:
  • *:The glory is departed from Israel.
  • *2009 , The Guardian , Sport Blog, 9 September:
  • *:The build-up to Saturday's visit of Macedonia and this encounter with the Dutch could be construed as odd in the sense that there seemed a basic acceptance, inevitability even, that Burley would depart office in their immediate aftermath.
  • (obsolete) To divide up; to distribute, share.
  • *:
  • *:and so all the worlde seythe that betwyxte three knyghtes is departed clerely knyghthode, that is Sir Launcelot du Lake, Sir Trystrams de Lyones and Sir Lamerok de Galys—thes bere now the renowne.
  • (obsolete) To separate, part.
  • *:
  • Syr knyght[,] said the two squyers that were with her[,] yonder are two knyghtes that fyghte for thys lady, goo thyder and departe them.
  • :(Shakespeare)
  • Synonyms

    * (to leave) duck out, go, go away, leave, part, pull up stakes, start, start out, set forth, split, set off, set out, take off, take leave, quit * (to die) die * (to deviate) deviate, digress, diverge, sidetrack, straggle, vary * (to go away from) leave


    * (to leave): arrive, come, stay * (to die): live * (to deviate): conform


  • (obsolete) division; separation, as of compound substances
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The chymists have a liquor called water of depart .
  • (obsolete) A going away; departure.
  • * Shakespeare
  • At my depart for France.