various (things)

"Various" is a word that means "many different" or "several different".

The great thing about studying at an international school is that you can meet people from various countries and backgrounds.

"Various" sounds a little formal. However, in casual speech people sometimes use the phrase "various different". Adding the word "different" is unnecessary but it makes the phrase sounds more casual:

I've tried various different brands, and they all work about the same.

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