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

adj characterized by variety

“immigrants' varied ethnic and religious traditions”
“his work is interesting and varied
heterogeneous, heterogenous
consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature
changed in form or character
unlike in nature or quality or 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
unvaried, unvarying
lacking variety
closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree
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adj widely different

varied motives prompt people to join a political party”
varied ethnic traditions of the immigrants”
having variety of character or form or components; or having increased variety

adj 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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