Various describes several different kinds of things, like a candy shop that is home to various sweets, from lollipops to chocolate fudge.

Various comes from the Latin word varius, meaning "changing, different, diverse." If you have various interests, you have a lot of them, and they represent a range — you might love hip hop, movies from the 1940s, fixing cars, and reading fashion magazines. Various can convey a high number, like when you say, "Various people want to get involved with the park clean-up." This means a lot of people want to help.

Definitions of various
  1. adjective
    having great diversity or variety
    “his various achievements are impressive”
    synonyms: versatile
    characterized by variety
  2. adjective
    distinctly dissimilar or unlike
    “animals as various as the jaguar and the cavy and the sloth”
    synonyms: diverse
    unlike in nature or quality or form or degree
  3. adjective
    considered individually
    “the various reports all agreed”
    synonyms: respective, several
    individual, single
    being or characteristic of a single thing or person
  4. adjective
    of many different kinds purposefully arranged but lacking any uniformity
    “his disguises are many and various
    various experiments have failed to disprove the theory”
    “cited various reasons for his behavior”
    synonyms: assorted
    unlike in nature or quality or form or degree
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