Vary vs Weary - What's the difference?

vary | weary |

As verbs the difference between vary and weary

is that vary is to change with time or a similar parameter while weary is to make or to become weary.

As a noun vary

is (obsolete) alteration; change.

As an adjective weary is

having the strength exhausted by toil or exertion; tired; fatigued.




  • 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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  • Having the strength exhausted by toil or exertion; tired; fatigued.
  • :
  • *1623 , (William Shakespeare), (As You Like It) , :
  • *:I care not for my spirits if my legs were not weary .
  • *(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) (1807-1882)
  • *:[I] am weary , thinking of your task.
  • *
  • *:There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
  • Having one's patience, relish, or contentment exhausted; tired; sick.
  • :
  • Expressive of fatigue.
  • :
  • Causing weariness; tiresome.
  • *(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • *:weary way
  • *(Samuel Taylor Coleridge) (1772-1834)
  • *:There passed a weary time.
  • Synonyms

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    Derived terms

    * wearily * weariness * wearisome


  • To make or to become weary.
  • * Shakespeare (Julius Caesar )
  • So shall he waste his means, weary his soldiers,
  • * Milton
  • I would not cease / To weary him with my assiduous cries.
  • * 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
  • Yet there was no time to be lost if I was ever to get out alive, and so I groped with my hands against the side of the grave until I made out the bottom edge of the slab, and then fell to grubbing beneath it with my fingers. But the earth, which the day before had looked light and loamy to the eye, was stiff and hard enough when one came to tackle it with naked hands, and in an hour's time I had done little more than further weary myself and bruise my fingers.


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    Derived terms

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    See also

    * wary English ergative verbs