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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Her runways are some of the most diverse in Paris, bringing women from around the world together—many ages, shapes, and sizes—to walk as warriors and princesses. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“I Really Feel Quite Lucky”—Sarah Burton Reflects on Her Magical Career at Alexander McQueen," 30 May 2019 For one, the ensemble is incredibly diverse, spanning race, gender, age, and body type. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "On Abby’s, Natalie Morales Plays a Bar Owner Who Just Happens to Be Bisexual—and That’s the Point," 28 Mar. 2019 Sports Illustrated’s 2019 class of swimsuit models are diverse in age, shape, size, and background. Fawnia Soo Hoo, Glamour, "These Women Have Spent Hundreds of Hours in Swimsuits. Here Are Their Tips for Getting the Perfect Fit.," 21 May 2019 Another aspect that Jones loves about being a flight attendant is how diverse the industry is. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "I’m a Flight Attendant — This Is Every Step of My Daily Beauty Routine," 8 May 2019 Michele’s vision is empowering in its inclusivity—his models are diverse, and his ideas consistently shatter molds. Alexander Fury; Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Art of Beauty," 6 May 2019 This year’s Democratic field is especially diverse, offering multiple opportunities to mangle the names of the people vying to become the next commander in chief. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "The Biggest 2020 Election Question: Whose Name Will Get Mangled Worst?," 14 Feb. 2019 During the ’80s, college faculties and student bodies were less diverse, Gates said. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Before multiculturalism, blackface rampant in US pop culture," 10 Feb. 2019 And pro-Brexit MPs have something to gain by suggesting that the coup against May is more diverse than just the Brexit hardliners. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The no-confidence vote against Theresa May, explained," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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diverse

adjective

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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