variously


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Related to variously: variously called

var·i·ous

 (vâr′ē-əs, văr′-)
adj.
1.
a. Of diverse kinds: unable to go for various reasons.
b. Unlike; different: flowers as various as the rose, the daisy, and the iris.
2. Being more than one; several: She spoke to various members of the club.
3. Varied in nature or character; not uniform: "The war with Scotland ... was conducted feebly, and with various success" (David Hume).
pron. (used with a pl. verb) Usage Problem
Several different people or things.

[From Latin varius.]

var′i·ous·ly adv.
var′i·ous·ness n.
Usage Note: The quantifier various normally modifies a noun directly (as in various members), but at least since the early twentieth century it has also sometimes been used before prepositional phrases starting with of; George Orwell's influential 1946 essay "Politics and the English Language," for instance, refers to "various of the mental vices from which we now suffer." When we first balloted the various of construction in 1967, 91 percent of the Usage Panel found it unacceptable. As recently as 1999, 87 percent disapproved of the sentence Various of the committee members spoke out against the measure. By 2013, the disapproval rate for this same sentence had dipped to 76 percent, with an even lower disapproval rate (46 percent) for a sentence that included the phrase ownership of the lake and various of its tributaries. Linguistically, the various of construction appears defensible, being analogous to similar constructions based on the quantifiers few, many, and several. Besides, one might argue that the lake and various of its tributaries has a slightly different meaning from the lake and various tributaries of it; the former makes the scope of the larger set (the lake's tributaries) seem more definite, while the latter implies that its scope is indeterminate, unknown, or unimportant. But given that the use of various as a direct modifier is completely standard whereas the various of construction is still controversial, it may be advisable to avoid various of except when you want to give emphasis to the specific larger set that the "various" things are part of.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.variously - in diverse ways; "the alternatives that are variously represented by the participants"; "the speakers treated the subject most diversely"
Translations
بصورَةٍ متنوِّعَه
různě
adskilligtforskelligt
különbözõen
meî ÿmsum hætt
rôzne
değişik biçimdefarklı olarak

variously

[ˈvɛərɪəslɪ] ADV the phrase has been variously interpretedla frase se ha interpretado de varias or diversas maneras
a pile of variously coloured socksun montón de calcetines de distintos or diversos colores
the caravan served variously as an office, bedroom and changing roomsegún los casos la caravana hacía de oficina, dormitorio o vestuario

variously

[ˈvɛəriəsli] adv [estimated, described] → diversement

variously

adv
unterschiedlich; the news was variously reported in the papersdie Nachricht wurde in den Zeitungen unterschiedlich wiedergegeben
verschiedentlich; he has been variously described as a rogue and a charmerer wurde verschiedentlich ein Schlitzohr und Charmeur genannt

variously

[ˈvɛərɪəslɪ] advin modo vario, variamente

various

(ˈveəriəs) adjective
1. different; varied. His reasons for leaving were many and various.
2. several. Various people have told me about you.
ˈvariously adverb
References in classic literature ?
A TURBULENT Person was brought before a Judge to be tried for an assault with intent to commit murder, and it was proved that he had been variously obstreperous without apparent provocation, had affected the peripheries of several luckless fellow-citizens with the trunk of a small tree, and subsequently cleaned out the town.
In considering these ribs, I could not but be struck anew with the circumstance, so variously repeated in this book, that the skeleton of the whale is by no means the mould of his invested form.
Some private individual -- a Pentagon whose name is variously reported -- having casually discovered the constituents of the simpler colours and a rudimentary method of painting, is said to have begun decorating first his house, then his slaves, then his Father, his Sons, and Grandsons, lastly himself.
Further, to enable me to cast this variety of subjects somewhat into the shade, and to express my judgment regarding them with greater freedom, without being necessitated to adopt or refute the opinions of the learned, I resolved to leave all the people here to their disputes, and to speak only of what would happen in a new world, if God were now to create somewhere in the imaginary spaces matter sufficient to compose one, and were to agitate variously and confusedly the different parts of this matter, so that there resulted a chaos as disordered as the poets ever feigned, and after that did nothing more than lend his ordinary concurrence to nature, and allow her to act in accordance with the laws which he had established.
The symptoms of the infirmity are much the same in every case, but the affliction itself is variously termed.
From what has been said it is evident what an influence music has over the disposition of the mind, and how variously it can fascinate it: and if it can do this, most certainly it is what youth ought to be instructed in.
Militiamen and recruits were being enrolled in the villages, and from the seat of war came contradictory news, false as usual and therefore variously interpreted.
So immediately and variously did the passengers respond that every article was called for.
They found the elders of the party variously engaged--the men with newspapers, and the ladies with work.
John remained in the house for some hours, variously occupied in shaving himself, writing letters and reading a newspaper.
This exhibition of feeling was variously interpreted among the audience.
1894, when I wandered up the main street of Des Moines and was variously invited by strangers into various blind pigs--I remember drinking in barber-shops, plumbing establishments, and furniture stores.