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n. pl. va·ga·ries
1. An unpredictable development or change of circumstances: the vagaries of mountain weather; the vagaries of business travel.
2. An extravagant or erratic notion or action: could not explain the vagaries of his behavior.
[From Latin vagārī, to wander, from vagus, wandering.]
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n, pl -garies
an erratic or outlandish notion or action; whim
[C16: probably from Latin vagārī to roam; compare Latin vagus vague]
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va•gar•y(vəˈgɛər i, ˈveɪ gə ri)
n., pl. -gar•ies.
1. an unpredictable, capricious, or erratic action, occurrence, or course.
2. a whimsical, or unusual idea or notion.
[1620–30; appar. < Latin vagārī to wander]
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|Noun||1.||vagary - an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.); "the vagaries of the weather"; "his wealth fluctuates with the vagaries of the stock market"; "he has dealt with human vagaries for many years"|
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noun (usually plural) whim, caprice, unpredictability, sport, urge, fancy, notion, humour, impulse, quirk, conceit, whimsy, crotchet, sudden notion a coat as a provision against the vagaries of the weather his fairly wide experience of women's vagaries
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vagary[ˈveɪgərɪ] N (= whim) → capricho m, antojo m; (= strange idea) → manía f, capricho m
the vagaries of love → los caprichos del amor
the vagaries of the weather → los caprichos del tiempo
it can't be left to the vagaries of chance → no se puede dejar al azar or en manos del azar
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vagary[ˈveɪgərɪ] n (usu pl) → capriccio
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