Mary vs Vary - What's the difference?

mary | vary |

As nouns the difference between mary and vary

is that mary is (gay slang|chiefly|us) a male homosexual while vary is (obsolete) alteration; change.

As a verb vary is

to change with time or a similar parameter.

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(wikipedia Mary)

Proper noun

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  • * 1821 Lord Byron, Don Juan : Canto the Fifth: IV:
  • I have a passion for the name of Mary , / For once it was a magic sound to me: / And still it half calls up the realm of fairy / Where I beheld what never was to be.
  • * 1830 Mary Russell Mitford, Our Village: Cottage Names :
  • Mary , which is as common as a white violet, and like that has something indestructibly sweet and simple, and fit for all wear, high or low, suits the cottage or the palace, the garden or the field, the pretty and the ugly, the old and the young;
  • * 1905 , Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway , Mary is a Grand Old Name ( a song)
  • For it was Mary'; '''Mary''' / Plain as any name can be / But with propriety, society / Will say "Marie". / But it was '''Mary'''; ' Mary / Long before the fashions came / And there's something there that sounds so square / It's a grand old name.
  • The Virgin Mary, the mother of Christ.
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  • Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
  • The 19th sura (chapter) of the Quran
  • Any of several other women in the New Testament, notably Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha.
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  • Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
  • (Ireland, dated) A middle name for a male, given in honour of the Virgin Mary.
  • Usage notes

    * The given name was considered too sacred to use before the end of the 12th century. It was very popular from the 17th to the 20th century.

    Derived terms

    * Marian * Bloody Mary * Mary Ann * Mary Jane

    Coordinate terms

    * Amina


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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.
    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


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


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