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variegated

verb

  1. (change)  to change the appearance of, especially by marking with different colors
    Type of: change
  2. (diversify)  to make something more diverse and varied
    Synonyms: motley, vary. Type of: diversify

adjective

Etymology summary

Latin variegat- "made varied" (from the verb variegare, from varius "diverse") +...
(Source: Oxford Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Variegation

the appearance of differently coloured zones in the leaves, and sometimes the stems, of plants. This may be due to a number of causes. Some variegation is attractive and ornamental and gardeners tend to preserve these. The term is also sometimes used... (42 of 1097 words, 6 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

variegated | variegate | variegation [noun, derived]

displaying differently coloured spots, patches, streaks, etc | (of foliage or flowers) having pale patches, usually as a result of mutation, ... (20 of 414 words, 4 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

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variegate | variegation [noun, derived]

to alter the appearance of, especially by adding different colours | to impart variety to (14 of 189 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/variegate

Merriam-Webster:

variegated | varied [sense-specific, synonym] | chromatic [synonym, sense-specific] | colored [synonym, sense-specific] | kaleidoscopic [synonym, sense-specific] | motley [synonym, sense-specific] | multicolored [synonym, sense-specific] | multihued [synonym, sense-specific] | polychromatic [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

having discrete markings of different colors | "varied" [sense-specific] (8 of 151 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/variegated

variegate | variegated [past tense] | variegating [present participle] | dapple [synonym, sense-specific] | variegator [noun, related]

to diversify in external appearance especially with different colors; "dapple" | to enliven or give interest to by means of variety (20 of 58 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/variegate

Oxford Dictionary:

variegated | variegate [derived] | variegation [derived]

exhibiting different colours, especially as irregular patches or streaks | [botany] : (of a plant or foliage) having or consisting of leaves that are ... (23 of 119 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

variegated

Having streaks, marks, or patches of a different color or colors; varicolored | Distinguished or characterized by variety; diversified. (18 of 50 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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variegate | variegated [past tense] | variegating [present participle] | variegates [3rd-person singular present] | variegator [noun, related]

To change the appearance of, especially by marking with different colors; streak. | To give variety to; make varied. (18 of 53 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

variegated | variegation [noun, uncountable, related]

with different colours on the leaves or flowers | [formal] including a wide range of things or people (17 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/variegated

Wiktionary:

variegated

Streaked, spotted, or otherwise marked with a variety of color; very colorful. | simple past tense and past participle of variegate (20 of 29 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/variegated

variegate | variegated [past tense] | variegating [present participle] | variegates [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive] to add variety to something; to diversify | [transitive] to change the appearance of something, especially by covering with patches or streaks of different colour | to dabble | variegated (28 of 30 words, 4 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/variegate

Random House Dictionary:

variegated

varied in appearance or color; marked with patches or spots of different colors. | varied; diversified; diverse. (16 of 24 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/variegated

variegate | variegated [past tense] | variegating [present participle]

to make varied in appearance, as by adding different colors. | to give variety to; diversify. (15 of 25 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/variegate

Cambridge Dictionary:

variegated | variegation [noun, derived]

having a pattern of different colours or marks (8 of 20 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/variegated

New World Dictionary:

variegated

marked with different colors in spots, streaks, etc.; parti-colored | having variety in character, form, etc.; varied; diversified (17 of 19 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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variegate | variegated [past tense] | variegating [present participle]

to make varied in appearance by differences, as in colors | to give variety to; diversify (15 of 34 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/variegate

Encarta Dictionary:

variegated

marked with or containing patches of different colors | marked with or containing patches of lighter color | showing or characterized by many ... (21 of 52 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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variegate | variegated [past tense] | variegating [present participle] | variegates [3rd-person singular present]

to change the way something looks, especially by adding different colors | to add variety to something (16 of 77 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861733686​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

variegated

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: Latin variegat- "made varied" (from the verb variegare, from varius "diverse") + "-ed2"

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Collins Dictionary:

variegated | variegate

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Late Latin variegāre, from Latin varius diverse, various + agere to make

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/variegated

Online Etymology:

variegate

Origin: "to mark with different colors", 1640s (implied in variegation), from Late Latin variegatus "made of various sorts or colors", past ... (20 of 37 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

variegate | variegated [past tense] | variegating [present participle] | variegates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: From Late Latin variegātus, past participle of variegāre: Latin varius, various + Latin agere, to do, drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.

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Wiktionary:

variegate | variegated [past tense] | variegating [present participle] | variegates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Late Latin variegare ("to make of various sorts or colors"), from Latin varius ("various") + agere ("to make, do").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/variegate

Merriam-Webster:

variegate | variegated [past tense] | variegating [present participle]

First use: 1653

Origin: Latin variegatus, past participle of variegare, from varius various + -egare (akin to Latin agere to drive)

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New World Dictionary:

variegate | variegated [past tense] | variegating [present participle]

Origin: Latin variegatus, past participle of variegare from varius: see "vary"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/variegate

Encarta Dictionary:

variegate | variegated [past tense] | variegating [present participle] | variegates [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: Latin variegare "make varied" from varius "diverse"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861733686​/definition​.html  [offline]

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Collins Dictionary:

variegated | variegate

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variegate

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

variegated

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

variegated

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Cambridge Dictionary:

variegated

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the Free Dictionary:

variegated

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variegate

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Google Dictionary:

variegated

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variegate

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

variegate

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variegate

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