Something is varied when it covers a wide range of things. If you start out eating eggs in the morning, then have a snack of sushi, then pizza for lunch, fresh fruit with your tea, and a beef stew for dinner, you have a varied diet.

The word varied comes from vary, which means "to change, alter." Think of varied as describing something that has many altered forms or has been changed often. There are many varied ideas on how to improve the economy. The artist has painted in varied styles as his interests have changed. And a varied workout routine will keep you from getting bored.

Definitions of varied
  1. adjective
    characterized by variety
    “immigrants' varied ethnic and religious traditions”
    “his work is interesting and varied
    heterogeneous, heterogenous, hybrid
    consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature
    changed in form or character
    unlike in nature, quality, form, or degree
    many-sided, miscellaneous, multifaceted, multifarious
    having many aspects
    of all varieties or forms or kinds
    varicolored, varicoloured, variegated
    having a variety of colors
    varying in form or shape
    variable, varying
    marked by diversity or difference
    various, versatile
    having great diversity or variety
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    unvaried, unvarying
    lacking variety
    closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree
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  2. adjective
    widely different
    varied motives prompt people to join a political party”
    varied ethnic traditions of the immigrants”
    synonyms: wide-ranging
    having variety of character or form or components; or having increased variety
  3. adjective
    broken away from sameness or identity or duplication
    “her quickly varied answers indicated uncertainty”
    made or become different in nature or form
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