Depends vs Vary - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between depends and vary
is that depends
is while vary
is to change with time or a similar parameter.
As a noun vary is
(obsolete) alteration; change.
To hang down; to be sustained by being fastened or attached to something above.
* 1851 , Herman Melville, Moby-Dick :
* 1982 , Paul Fussell, My War :
- The long rows of teeth on the bulwarks glistened in the moonlight; and like the white ivory tusks of some huge elephant, vast curving icicles depended from the bows.
To hang in suspense; to be pending; to be undetermined or undecided; as, a cause depending in court.
To rely on for support; to be conditioned or contingent; to be connected with anything, as a cause of existence, or as a necessary condition; — followed by on or upon, formerly by of.
(senseid)To trust; to rest with confidence; to rely; to confide; to be certain; — with on or upon; as, we depend on the word or assurance of our friends; we depend on the mail at the usual hour.
To serve; to attend; to act as a dependent or retainer.
- Besides, if you worked up to be a cadet officer, you got to wear a Sam Browne belt, from which depended a nifty saber.
To change with time or a similar parameter.
To institute a change in, from a current state; to modify.
- He varies his magic tricks so as to minimize the possibility that any given audience member will see the same trick twice.
- You should vary your diet. Eating just bread will do you harm in the end.
- Gods, that never change their state, / Vary oft their love and hate.
Not to remain constant: to change with time or a similar parameter.
- We are to vary the customs according to the time and country where the scene of action lies.
- His mood varies by the hour.
- The sine function varies between &
- x2212;1 and 1.
(of the members of a group) To display differences.
- While fear and anger, with alternate grace, / Pant in her breast, and vary in her face.
To be or act different from the usual.
- ''The sprouting tendency of potatoes varies between cultivars, years and places of growing.
To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversity; to variegate.
* Sir Thomas Browne
- I'm not comfortable with
3.Nc3 in the Caro-Kann, so I decided to vary and play
- God hath varied their inclinations.
(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)
- God hath here / Varied his bounty so with new delights.
- the rich jewel which we vary for
(obsolete) Alteration; change.