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Joined in duet with variations (6)

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I believe the answer is:

united

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'joined' is the definition.
(synonyms)

'in duet with variations' is the wordplay.
'in duet' anagrams to 'UNITED'.
But, I am unsure how the anagram is indicated.

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(Other definitions for united that I've seen before include "Joined together as in alliance" , "Joined together as one" , "cooperative" , "See 14" , "See 9" .)

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