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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The Bold Type has been hailed by fans and critics alike for its nuanced, diverse portrayals of young working women—something that’s unfortunately come few and far between on TV. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "How The Bold Type Gave Us the Realest Female Friendships on TV Since...Ever?," 9 Apr. 2019 Defenders cautioned against lumping a diverse media ecosystem all together. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Media takes heat following Mueller conclusions," 26 Mar. 2019 Actor James Spader’s diverse career in movies and television has made him a pop culture reference across multiple decades. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "All About James Spader's Very Private Relationship With Leslie Stefanson," 23 Mar. 2019 Having launched a home division in 2018, Moda Operandi offers a diverse array of products sourced from around the globe, all of which embrace the brand’s signature whimsicality. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How One Celebrity Florist Brings Flowers into the Home for Spring," 19 Mar. 2019 Not in front of my beautiful, diverse, talented cast at @frozenbroadway. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "'Frozen' actor rips Trump banner away from audience member, says he won't apologize," 6 Sep. 2018 The Netflix movie is deservedly getting a ton of positive press for its diverse cast, its wistful and sweet depiction of high-school love, and thoughtful story about tricky family dynamics. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, ""To All the Boys I've Loved Before" Fans Are Signing a Petition for a Sequel," 29 Aug. 2018 The group found that the symphony is in need of strong, permanent leadership; a stronger, more diverse and connected board; more dynamic programming; and financial accountability. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "After a bumpy season, the San Antonio Symphony in a stronger, sunnier place," 3 July 2018 Wall Street investment funds have a long of history of being the antithesis of diverse. Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times, "Financial World’s A-List Could Take Hollywood’s Cue on Inclusion," 18 June 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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