var·i·e·gate (vârē-ĭ-gāt′, vârĭ-gāt′, văr-)
tr.v. var·i·e·gat·ed, var·i·e·gat·ing, var·i·e·gates
1. To change the appearance of, especially by marking with different colors.
2. To give variety to; make varied.
[From Late Latin variegātus, past participle of variegāre : Latin varius, various + Latin agere, to do, drive; see ag- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
var′i·e·gation (-gāshən) n.
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