Covary vs. Vary - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Vary

    Vary (Ukrainian: Вари, Hungarian: Vári or Mezővári) is a village in Zakarpattia Oblast (province) of western Ukraine. It is located around 17 kilometres (11 mi) southeast of Berehove at the confluence of the rivers Tisza and Borzsova, not far from the Ukrainian-Hungarian border. Administratively, the village belongs to the Berehove Raion, Zakarpattia Oblast. Historically, the name originates from the Hungarian word vár meaning castle. The village was first mentioned as Vári in 1320 and was previously known as Borsovavára.

Wiktionary

  • Covary (verb)

    To vary together with another variable, particularly in a way that may be predictive

  • Vary (verb)

    To change with time or a similar parameter.

    "He varies his magic tricks so as to minimize the possibility that any given audience member will see the same trick twice."

  • Vary (verb)

    To institute a change in, from a current state; to modify.

    "You should vary your diet. Eating just bread will do you harm in the end."

  • Vary (verb)

    Not to remain constant: to change with time or a similar parameter.

    "His mood varies by the hour."

    "The sine function varies between −1 and 1."

  • Vary (verb)

    To display differences.

    "The sprouting tendency of potatoes varies between cultivars, years and places of growing."

  • Vary (verb)

    To be or act different from the usual.

    "I'm not comfortable with 3.Nc3 in the Caro-Kann, so I decided to vary and play exd5.''"

  • Vary (verb)

    To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversity; to variegate.

  • Vary (verb)

    To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See variation.

  • Vary (verb)

    To disagree; to be at variance or in dissension.

  • Vary (noun)

    alteration; change.

Webster Dictionary

  • Vary

    To change the aspect of; to alter in form, appearance, substance, position, or the like; to make different by a partial change; to modify; as, to vary the properties, proportions, or nature of a thing; to vary a posture or an attitude; to vary one's dress or opinions.

  • Vary

    To change to something else; to transmute; to exchange; to alternate.

  • Vary

    To make of different kinds; to make different from one another; to diversify; to variegate.

  • Vary

    To embellish; to change fancifully; to present under new aspects, as of form, key, measure, etc. See Variation, 4.

  • Vary (verb)

    To alter, or be altered, in any manner; to suffer a partial change; to become different; to be modified; as, colors vary in different lights.

  • Vary (verb)

    To differ, or be different; to be unlike or diverse; as, the laws of France vary from those of England.

  • Vary (verb)

    To alter or change in succession; to alternate; as, one mathematical quantity varies inversely as another.

  • Vary (verb)

    To deviate; to depart; to swerve; - followed by from; as, to vary from the law, or from reason.

  • Vary (verb)

    To disagree; to be at variance or in dissension; as, men vary in opinion.

  • Vary (noun)

    Alteration; change.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Vary (verb)

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

    "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"

    "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"

  • Vary (verb)

    be at variance with; be out of line with

  • Vary (verb)

    be subject to change in accordance with a variable;

    "Prices vary"

    "His moods vary depending on the weather"

  • Vary (verb)

    make something more diverse and varied;

    "Vary the menu"

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