dis·​pa·​rate | \ ˈdis-p(ə-)rət How to pronounce disparate (audio) , di-ˈsper-ət, -ˈspa-rət How to pronounce disparate (audio) \

Definition of disparate

1 : markedly distinct in quality or character
2 : containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements

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Other Words from disparate

disparately adverb
disparateness noun

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different, diverse, divergent, disparate, various mean unlike in kind or character. different may imply little more than separateness but it may also imply contrast or contrariness. different foods diverse implies both distinctness and marked contrast. such diverse interests as dancing and football divergent implies movement away from each other and unlikelihood of ultimate meeting or reconciliation. went on to pursue divergent careers disparate emphasizes incongruity or incompatibility. disparate notions of freedom various stresses the number of sorts or kinds. tried various methods

Examples of disparate in a Sentence

First during the nineteen-seventies, but with increasing momentum during the eighties, a loose community of physics researchers had begun to postulate that the disparate small particles that we learned about in high-school science class—electrons, for instance—were actually the varied vibrations of tiny open and closed looped strings. — Benjamin Wallace-Wells, New Yorker, 21 July 2008 The American border with Mexico is among the most economically disparate intersections in the world, but the cities on either side of the port looked almost identical—a spread of humble brick and cinder-block homes dotting a blanket of brown hills. — Cecilia Balli, Harper's, October 2006 I made the French lemon cream tart that Greenspan credits to Hermé and got disparate reactions. An American friend loved its creaminess and felt it had a comfortingly familiar texture; a British friend … said he missed the traditional sharp, gel-like custard. — Tamasin Day-Lewis, Saveur, November 2006 Like these imagined cities, identical twins are identical only in their blueprints. By the time they are born, they are already disparate in countless neurological and physiological ways that mostly we cannot see. — Frank J. Sulloway, New York Review, 30 Nov. 2006 The plan, as near as anybody outside Yahoo can make out, is to stitch all those disparate organizations into one huge Frankenstein's monster of a search engine that will strike terror into the hearts of all who behold it. — Lev Grossman, Time, 22 Dec. 2003 disparate notions among adults and adolescents about when middle age begins
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Recent Examples on the Web As evidence of the disparate outcomes becomes clear, hopefully there will be a change of course. Joseph Stiglitz For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Covid-19 has scarred the global economy, but it's not too late to change course," 6 Sep. 2020 The merit of the mayor’s critique can also be seen in the disparate distribution of unemployment since the lockdowns. Michael Toscano, National Review, "The 9/11 Tribute in Light Emphasizes Bill de Blasio’s Failure," 3 Sep. 2020 Biden visited with Blake’s family in Milwaukee, and met with a group of disparate community members in Kenosha, just north of Waukegan across the state line. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "‘A responsible move on both ends’; Lake County politicians praise Trump, Biden Kenosha visits while drawing distinctions," 3 Sep. 2020 The groundswell of resistance united disparate factions, as rivals set aside their differences to coalesce for one common cause. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten isn't willing participant in Trump's game of political football: '(Bleep) no'," 1 Sep. 2020 Before the service, which attracted people from places as disparate as Indiana, Virginia, and Kentucky, Locke and Stone faced threats in the form of graffiti. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Roger Stone: God 'saved my life' through Trump," 30 Aug. 2020 The company sells programs that gather disparate data and organise them into something usable for decision-makers, from soldiers in Afghanistan to executives at energy firms. The Economist, "A prickly patriot Palantir’s stockmarket prospectus reveals both losses and promise," 29 Aug. 2020 Whether your school was a nightmare of unequal power dynamics or a comedy of unequal power dynamics, filmmakers have tried to bottle these disparate journeys since the beginning of cinema. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Six back-to-school movies you should watch," 28 Aug. 2020 Iashvili and his friends had opened the bar a few months earlier, explicitly as a hub for the city’s disparate new youth movements. Amos Barshad, Wired, "The Prince of Georgia Is Big on Instagram," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of disparate

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for disparate

borrowed from Latin disparātus "separate, distinct," from past participle of disparāre "to divide, separate off, make different," from dis- dis- + parāre "to supply, provide, make ready" (influenced in sense by association with dispar-, dispār "unequal, different") — more at pare

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“Disparate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disparate. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disparate

formal : different from each other


dis·​pa·​rate | \ dis-ˈpar-ət How to pronounce disparate (audio) , ˈdis-p(ə-)rət How to pronounce disparate (audio) \

Medical Definition of disparate

: indicating or stimulating dissimilar points on the retina of each eye

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