considerably, dramatically, enormously, extensively, a great deal, greatly, a lot, markedly, significantly, substantially, tremendously, widely, wildly

The speed of the car hardly varied.

The sword hardly varied in form from the 12th to the 15th century.

(a) little, slightly, somewhat
constantly, continuously

the continuously varying intensities of natural light

inevitably, necessarily

What can be found will inevitably vary according to the area under study.

naturally, obviously

Personal preference naturally varies.


The drug is available in several forms, and dosages vary accordingly.

Dictionaries are produced with specific markets in mind, and their contents vary accordingly.


The availability of good medical care tends to vary inversely with the need for it.

geographically, historically, regionally

Voting patterns vary geographically.

can, may

Prices can vary enormously.

be likely to, tend to
according to

The leaf's size varies widely according to the area where it grows.


Access to this information varies by social class.

depending on

Costs are likely to vary depending on where you live.


The danger of a heart attack varies with body weight.


Gender roles vary across cultures.


Services offered vary among the main banks.


The rate of growth varies considerably between different industries.

The doses used vary between 2 and 10mg/kg.

from … to … 

The situation varies slightly from country to country.

Its speed varies from 20 mph to 35 mph.


The rooms vary in size.

vary over time, vary with time

a study of how moral values vary over time

Vary is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑density, ↑effect, ↑estimate, ↑individual, ↑level, ↑mix, ↑number, ↑opinion, ↑percentage, ↑practice, ↑price, ↑quality, ↑rate, ↑ratio, ↑size, ↑taste, ↑temperature, ↑width
Vary is used with these nouns as the object: ↑routine, ↑tempo

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