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 foodsdiverse 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 freedomvarious 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) 2008Since 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. 2006The 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. 2003Many 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
Recent Examples on the WebFinally, semiconductors are used in making products as diverse as Ford trucks and Microsoft Xboxes.
Edward Anderson, Fortune, 18 Nov. 2021 That magic is as diverse as the plant varieties themselves.
Melina Walling, The Arizona Republic, 9 Nov. 2021 The Contemporary Youth Orchestra has found a director whose background and interests may be as diverse and distinguished as its own.
Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2021 Micron—with its dedicated global customer labs, leading innovations and partnerships throughout a diverse ecosystem—can help customers navigate these new waters.
Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 Religious arbitration is most common in the United States among Orthodox Jews, who may allow religious arbitrators to decide issues as diverse as divorce and commerce.
Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2021 The trial also wasn’t as diverse as some experts would like.
Anne Flaherty, ABC News, 29 Oct. 2021 The band’s classic songcraft and studio wizardry continues to bridge musical allegiances, drawing fans as diverse as Elvis Costello, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jarvis Cocker, Kylie Minogue and Dave Grohl.
New York Times, 27 Oct. 2021 Many other independent film festivals can be found worldwide, including places as diverse as Woodstock, Illinois, and the Cannes FIlm Festival in France.
Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 27 Oct. 2021
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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