di·​verse | \ dī-ˈvərs How to pronounce diverse (audio) , də-ˈvərs, ˈdī-ˌvərs \

Definition of diverse

1 : differing from one another : unlike people with diverse interests
2 : composed of distinct or unlike elements or qualities a diverse population

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Other Words from diverse

diversely adverb
diverseness 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 diverse in a Sentence

We can adapt to new problems in ways that other species cannot. It is this ability that enabled our ancestors to spread over the globe, displacing other hominids and many other species along the way. Our cultures and individual behaviors are so successfully diverse that humans are more like an entire ecosystem than a single species. — Barbara Oakley, Evil Genes, (2007) 2008 Since the methods and policies of the Spaniards on the edges of empire varied over time and place, and the indigenous tribes and peoples with whom they came into contact were almost endlessly diverse, Weber was faced with the daunting challenge of writing a book that was at the same time comprehensive and comprehensible. — J. H. Elliott, New York Review of Books, 23 Feb. 2006 The place is packed at both lunch and dinner. The crowd, always a diverse blend of athletes and fans, cops and criminals, showbiz and fashion, appears as heterogeneous as ever. — Eric Asimov, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2003 Many students, from campuses diverse as Bushwick High School in Brooklyn, New York, and Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, had classmates sign cards pledging to vote for "books, not bombs." — Liza Featherstone, Nation, 4/11 Aug. 2003 His message appealed to a diverse audience. a diverse group of subjects
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Recent Examples on the Web Your options for a new electric vehicle in 2020 are more diverse than ever. Washington Post, "Edmunds: Five noteworthy electric vehicles to buy in 2020," 15 Jan. 2020 The causes of business cycles were diverse, Wesley Claire Mitchell, an NBER founder, wrote in 1927. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Era of Fed Power Is Over. Prepare for a More Perilous Road Ahead.," 15 Jan. 2020 Satine Phoenix, a storytelling consultant and founder of collaborative art studio Gilding Light in Los Angeles and a host of a popular series that provided tips for Dungeon Masters, said the community is more diverse than ever. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "Dungeons & Dragons had fallen on 'troubled times.' The role-playing game's fifth edition changed everything," 15 Jan. 2020 At least these nominations were diverse in terms of race and gender, if not in terms of network. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Game of Thrones gets two DGA nominations — and neither are for the finale," 11 Jan. 2020 On this Wednesday morning, Big Snow's patrons are far more diverse than skiing's snow-white image and include immigrants speaking multiple languages and plenty of novices. Karen Heller, Anchorage Daily News, "The future of American skiing may be inside a New Jersey mall," 8 Jan. 2020 While the main categories are all-white, the BAFTAs EE Rising Star nominees were more diverse, including two Black actors Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Waves) and Micheal Ward (Netflix’s Top Boy). Sydney Scott, Essence, "Only White Actors Received Nominations For The 2020 BAFTAs," 7 Jan. 2020 Alaska is huge, opportunities are extremely diverse, and logistics are the name of the game. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "7 Step Plan For A DIY Alaska Hunt," 6 Jan. 2020 They are expected to be more diverse, greener and generally kindlier. The Economist, "Business 2019 in review: coping with geopolitics and anti-capitalism," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of diverse

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diverse

Middle English divers, diverse, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French divers, from Latin diversus, from past participle of divertere — see divert

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18 Jan 2020

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“Diverse.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diverse. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce diverse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of diverse

: different from each other
: made up of people or things that are different from each other


di·​verse | \ dī-ˈvərs How to pronounce diverse (audio) , də- \

Kids Definition of diverse

1 : different from each other : unlike She met people with diverse interests.
2 : made up of people or things that are different from each other Her speech was heard by a diverse audience.



Legal Definition of diverse

: differing from one another specifically : differing in citizenship from another party to an action a diverse defendant — see also diversity jurisdiction at jurisdiction — compare nondiverse

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