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
  1. verb
    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”
    synonyms: 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 focused 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
    Christianise, Christianize
    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
    adapt for a new use or format
  2. verb
    be subject to change in accordance with a variable
    “Prices vary
    “His moods vary depending on the weather”
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    vary in the same time period (of two random variables)
    vary or move from a fixed point or course
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    be different
  3. verb
    make something more diverse and varied
    Vary the menu”
    synonyms: motley, variegate
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    checker, chequer
    variegate with different colors, shades, or patterns
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    make (more) diverse
  4. verb
    be at variance with; be out of line with
    synonyms: depart, deviate, diverge
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    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
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    be different
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