Pronounced: VAR-ee-uh-gayt, VAR-i-gayt (strange as I've only heard this word pronounced differently VARE-a-gayt)
This word is a verb that means to diversify, enliven, or to make more interesting, especially with colors. I've only used this word as an adjective to describe leaves on a plant having multiple colors as being variegated.
From the Latin variegare (to diversify with colors), from varius (various) + agere (to do). Earliest documented use: 1653.
I admit to being quite the word nerd. My brothers just accuse me of being a pompous a-hole because I like 25 cent words. LOL Sometimes I'll read a sentence, and just love the way the writer used a word or a phrase. Here's a phrase I read today: