diverse

adjective
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 And not just diverse in race, but in thought and personal experience, in age. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Covering the Campaign Trail When There Is No Trail," 2 Nov. 2020 California was once a Republican state, but its decades-long shift to a Democratic stronghold coincided with the growth of an increasingly diverse — and heavily Latino — population and suburbs shifting from red to blue. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Elephant in the room: California GOP needs a Trump loss to move forward," 28 Oct. 2020 But, in the summer of 2018, several activists in Portland created a new organization—PopMob, short for Popular Mobilization—which aimed to enlist a more diverse, and less militant, league of protesters to counter Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "In the Streets with Antifa," 25 Oct. 2020 On them the material world became increasingly diverse, complex, capable of further development. Harold Mcgee, WSJ, "What Does Outer Space Smell Like?," 24 Oct. 2020 Their points of departure are different, their ways diverse. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Tocqueville’s ‘Democracy in America,’ read anew in 2020, feels prophetic — and in some ways, hopeful," 14 Oct. 2020 In turn, businesses can look forward to reaping the benefits of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce, and our economy can look forward to an accelerated recovery. Katica Roy, Fortune, "American capitalism needs equal-pay legislation. Canada is showing us how to make it work," 12 Oct. 2020 Transform IU Health into a more diverse, inclusive and anti-discriminatory organization. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "Central Indiana corporate and sports executives take pledge to eliminate racial barriers," 9 Oct. 2020 This parcel of land is diverse, historic, and offers some wonderful views. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 8 Oct. 2020

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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 "differing, distinct, of various kinds, several," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French divers, diverse, deverce, borrowed from Latin dīversus "turned in different directions, situated apart, differing," from past participle of dīvertere "to separate oneself (from), be different, diverge" — more at divert

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“Diverse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diverse. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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diverse

adjective
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

diverse

adjective
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.

diverse

adjective
di·​verse

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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