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
disparity \ di-​ˈsper-​ə-​tē How to pronounce disparity (audio) , -​ˈspa-​rə-​ \ 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 But those who argue for keeping the tests say colleges need some sort of broad yardstick to compare students across disparate school districts and states. Shawn Hubler, BostonGlobe.com, "Why is the SAT falling out of favor?," 23 May 2020 Like no crisis in the state’s history, the pandemic has highlighted the limitations of the patchwork system and the challenges of coordinating a response among such a disparate array of agencies. Sean Campbell, ProPublica, "In Hard-Hit New Jersey, COVID-19 Saddles Some Small Health Departments With Crushing Workload," 22 May 2020 Under the current order of the state Supreme Court, jury trials remain suspended until after Memorial Day, in response to complaints about widely disparate responses to the pandemic around the state. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jury trials in Wisconsin courts may become a rare luxury as officials balance the risks of coronavirus and the need for a fair trial," 18 May 2020 There are a bunch of reasons why a result may not show up a second time around, including important but unnoticed differences in how the experiment is run or differences between subjects from disparate times or cultures. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Humans are complicated—do we need behavioral science to get through this?," 16 May 2020 The results highlight the disparate impact the novel pandemic is having on the stock market and the labor market. Washington Post, "U.S. households don’t expect income growth, survey indicates," 11 May 2020 Vaden notes that Reunions is the most disparate record Isbell has made, capturing the power of their live show for the first time — a sound far more rock than folk. Hilary Hughes, EW.com, "Jason Isbell is not afraid," 11 May 2020 That’s America, where every disparate opinion has its place, and so is this: Across the nation, high school athletes are devastated by the news that their seasons are over. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Baseball’s back in South Korea, but don’t get hopes up for MLB return," 8 May 2020 This is a vehicle that's compelling to totally disparate groups of people: those who can buy it now and those who dream of it as a 15-year-old semi-classic, affordable but with plenty of life left. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "2020 Toyota Land Cruiser Rediscovers Its Off-Road Roots," 24 Apr. 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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28 May 2020

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“Disparate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disparate. Accessed 28 May. 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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