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different, various

The meanings of these words overlap to a large extent, but they cannot be used interchangeably in all contexts.

As a general rule, different implies separateness, individuality or contrast.

  • The different colours in the room worked well together.
  • In their personalities, the sisters are as different as night and day.
  • I love to go to Canada Day festivities and see all the different people that make up our country.

Various stresses number and diversity of sorts or kinds.

  • Tyler’s favourite collection of cards was made up of various Pokémon characters.
  • Various people commented on his appearance.
  • The various (or different) ingredients were all mixed together.