Variety is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of variety, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
EXAMPLES - Variety in a Sentence
- Book publishing rates are low and the variety is limited. (source)
- Which variety is most exciting to Jonathan (it's not riesling) (source)
- The need for fiscal stimulus of the job creating variety is huge. (source)
- The word variety, as is now becoming generally recognized, has no special meaning whatever. (source)
- So what would we experience if we called a variety of locksmiths to help us get back into our home? (source)
- Are African Americans so lacking in variety of life experience that we can insist they are allalike? (source)
- Whose cabin or home is that just behind that large tree - "Pride of China," I think you call the variety? (source)
- From a reader's standpoint, however, "variety" is the last word that comes to mind, and more appears to be "out" than ever before. (source)
- First, the term variety is applied in horticulture and agriculture to things so widely divergent as to convey no clear idea at all. (source)
- With the vast majority of these loans being of the short-term variety as illustrated above, APR is worthless as a measure of a loan. (source)
- The term variety, again, in comparison with mere individual differences, is also applied arbitrarily, and for mere convenience 'sake. (source)
- Am I right in assuming that in the States the variety is almost always stated so you can go out and buy a certain plum/strawberry/lemon? (source)
- This is a rule, which is very important for the general conception of the meaning of the term variety as contrasted with elementary species. (source)
- Can somebody direct me to some classic spanish movies, preferably of the Mexican/Latin American variety (aka not Spain), that I should watch? (source)
- Animals actually have quite a vocabulary and speak a variety of languages, including but not limited to body language, Pig Latin, and English. (source)
- The company is committed to using it to pay down debt -- it has $2.1 billion of the long-term variety -- and to pay its dividend, now $1.84 a share. (source)
- Although the most common banana variety is the curved, yellow Cavendish, other nutritious varieties include plantains, red bananas and finger bananas. (source)
- The 'Plain English' variety can come from a rather more interesting cultural phenomenon: the sequel not to Jane Austen's novel, but to the filmscript of the novel. (source)
- You can find them online and at craft stores (sometimes kitchen stores carry them, as well) and they often come in more colors than the plain variety from the market. (source)
- The current crisis, however, was not driven by real world invention, but by the financial variety, which is of dubious value to anyone other than the bonus-laden bankers. (source)
- Yogurt, especially the plain Greek variety, makes an excellent cleanser with a mild exfoliating action that will remove dry skin and leave you feeling refreshed and comfortable. (source)
- The Adelaide whom Daly offers is the closest to what her performing persona is usually taken to be, but the rest of her turn can be called a variety hour in the best sense of the term. (source)
- Don't get us wrong, we're all for deficits -- of the short-term variety that arises between passage of a stimulative tax-rate cut and the start of the subsequent revenue-boosting economic growth spurt. (source)
- [We might ask at this point why, if demographic variety is sufficient to retard the formation of this type of majority we also need the institutional solution to the same problem that he offers in Fed 51.] (source)
- Mr. Hu has been charged with espionage in any other country of the civil (corporate crime) variety, rather than the national security variety, which is how China sees it, as the state is the negotiating entity. (source)
- This arbitrary and chaotic nature of zines may be annoying to some, and may lead some readers to skipping entire issues devoted to things outside their interest, but this variety is also their greatest strength. (source)
- The strength of the local currency two years ago, when it traded as high as 98.5 US cents, was largely due to "speculative flows", while this time the flows into Australia were of a "more stable, long term variety," he said. (source)
- The minds of the spectators, therefore, are oppressed and distracted by the variety of _feelings_ which are excited, and their interest interrupted and dissipated, in some degree, from the _variety of objects_ which claim it. (source)
- I'm not saying it's totally wrong to desire a male or female child because even common sense tells us variety is the spice of life but the well being of a family should not be jeopardised because a malechild is being clamoured for. (source)
- If, as most of us hope, we start coming out the other side in 2010, further short-term, handout-style stimulus now would come on top of the existing stimulus or, if of the longer-term variety, hit the economy when it was growing again. (source)
- (by substituting the word variety for species) from that lately advanced in an ingenious paper by Mr. Wallace, in which he concludes, that "every species has come into existence coincident both in space and time with a pre-existing closely allied species." (source)
- Giant, Kroger, Meijer, Stop & Shop and other well-known retailers have recalled a variety of foods made over the past two years with ingredients provided by Plainview Milk Products Cooperative in Plainview, Minn., because they might be contaminated with salmonella. (source)
- In agriculture the choice of the most adequate elementary forms for any special purpose is acknowledged  as the first step in the way of selection, and is designated by the name of variety-testing, applying the term variety to all the subdivisions of systematic species indiscriminately. (source)
- This view of the relation of species in one region to those in another, does not differ much (by substituting the word variety for species) from that lately advanced in an ingenious paper by Mr. Wallace, in which he concludes, that "every species has come into existence coincident both in space and time with a pre-existing closely allied species." (source)
- This view of the relation of species in one region to those in another, does not differ much (by substituting the word variety for species) from that lately advanced in an ingenious paper by Mr Wallace, in which he concludes, that ` every species has come into existence coincident both in space and time with a pre-existing closely allied species. ' (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 48.0, which suggests that "variety" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 33 synonyms for variety.
array, assortment, change, collection, combo, conglomeration, cross section, departure, discrepancy, disparateness, divergency, diversification, diversity, fluctuation, heterogeneity, incongruity, intermixture, many-sidedness, medley, miscellany, mishmash, mixed bag, mixture, modification, multifariousness, multiplicity, potpourri, range, shift, soup, stew, variance, variation
We have 3 antonyms for variety.
agreement, similarity, uniformity
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of variety from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) The quality or condition of being various or varied; diversity.
- (noun) A number or collection of varied things, especially of a particular group; an assortment: brought home a variety of snacks.
- (noun) A group that is distinguished from other groups by a specific characteristic or set of characteristics.
- (noun) Biology A taxonomic subdivision of a species consisting of naturally occurring or selectively bred populations or individuals that differ from the remainder of the species in certain minor characteristics.
- (noun) Biology An organism, especially a plant, belonging to such a subdivision.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A specific variation of something
- (noun) A state of constant change
- (noun) A rank in a taxonomic classification, below species and subspecies.
- (noun) The total number of distinct states of a system.
- (noun) Logarithm of the base 2 of the total number of distinct states of a system.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The quality or state of being various; intermixture or succession of different things; diversity; multifariousness.
- (noun) That which is various.
- (noun) A number or collection of different things; a varied assortment.
- (noun) Something varying or differing from others of the same general kind; one of a number of things that are akin; a sort.
- (noun) An individual, or group of individuals, of a species differing from the rest in some one or more of the characteristics typical of the species, and capable either of perpetuating itself for a period, or of being perpetuated by artificial means; hence, a subdivision, or peculiar form, of a species.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) In agriculture and horticulture, a group of cultivated plants which have the same characteristics. All plants which have been widely cultivated have given rise to many different forms and these are in general known as varieties. Illustrations are the varieties of strawberries, apples, corn, wheat, cotton, etc. ‘Variety,’ in this sense, is thus a generic word including races, strains, and clons. See race, 5 , strain, 1 , and clon.
- (noun) In petrography, in the quantitative classification of igneous rocks (see rock), a division of a mode which recognizes the presence of subordinate mineral components.
- (noun) The state or character of being varied or various; intermixture of different things, or of things different in form, or a succession of different things; diversity; multifariousness; absence of monotony or uniformity; dissimilitude.
- (noun) Exhibition of different characteristics by one individual; many-sidedness; versatility.
- (noun) Variation; deviation; change.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
- (noun) a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
- (noun) noticeable heterogeneity
- (noun) a difference that is usually pleasant
- (noun) a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances