If you're tired of the same old breakfast of bran flakes and orange juice, vary your routine—put some banana slices on those bran flakes. You can vary the routine by changing the details but keeping the basics the same.

Use the verb vary when you're talking about changing up your usual routine. If your schedule changes at work, you might have to vary your sleep habits. A good dye job will vary the tints a little to look more natural. The ambiance at Olive Garden varies from restaurant to restaurant, but the unlimited breadsticks are always delicious. You'll probably recognize the root vari, which shows up in other words with similar meanings, like various, variable, and even variegated.

Definitions of vary

v become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

“The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season”
alter, change
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alternate, jump
go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions
to become, or to cause to become, covered with a network of small cracks
vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic of (electromagnetic waves)
avianise, avianize
to modify microorganisms by repeated culture in the developing chick embryo
go or proceed from one point to another
accommodate, adapt
make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose
let out, widen
make (clothes) larger
take in
make (clothes) smaller
branch out, broaden, diversify
vary in order to spread risk or to expand
diversify, radiate
spread into new habitats and produce variety or variegate
narrow, narrow down, specialise, specialize
become more focus on an area of activity or field of study
make full of cavities, like a honeycomb
vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity
move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation
move through text or graphics in order to display parts that do not fit on the screen
make correspondent or conformable
gear, pitch
set the level or character of
insert or adjust several objects or people
anglicise, anglicize
make English in appearance
fit for a specific purpose even when not well suited
orient, tailor
adjust to a specific need or market
domesticate, tame
make fit for cultivation, domestic life, and service to humans
cultivate, domesticate, naturalise, naturalize, tame
adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment
adapt in the name of Christianity
naturalise, naturalize
adopt to another place
overspecialise, overspecialize
become overly specialized
electrify, wire
equip for use with electricity
rewrite or arrange a piece of music for an instrument or medium other than that originally intended
lapse, pass, sink
pass into a specified state or condition

v be subject to change in accordance with a variable

“Prices vary
“His moods vary depending on the weather”
vary in the same time period (of two random variables)
vary or move from a fixed point or course
Type of:
be different

v make something more diverse and varied

Vary the menu”
motley, variegate
checker, chequer
variegate with different colors, shades, or patterns
Type of:
make (more) diverse

v be at variance with; be out of line with

depart, deviate, diverge
be similar, be in line with
diverge or deviate from the straight path; produce aberration
diverge from the expected
belie, contradict, negate
be in contradiction with
Type of:
be different

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