di·verse | \dī-ˈvərs, də-ˈ, ˈdī-ˌ\

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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Nelson just co-authored a paper showing that women and non-white judges are more likely to cite other female or non-white jurists in their opinions, thus amplifying diverse voices in a system of justice that was too white for too long. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "The unbearable whiteness of being Trump's judicial picks | Will Bunch," 10 July 2018 One lesson is to have diverse voices at the table, to make sure democracy is retained. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "The Doctor Who Discovered Lead in Flint's Water on What Went Wrong and How to Fix It," 28 June 2018 Actress-writer-producer Lena Waithe will be honored at Monday's show with the Trailblazer Award for her work in adding and promoting diverse voices in the writers' room and beyond. Omar Sanchez, The Hollywood Reporter, "MTV Movie & TV Awards: Stars Praise Gender-Neutral Awards, Inclusion on Red Carpet," 17 June 2018 Part of the USA TODAY Network's Storytellers Project, our event aims to connect the community through stories and diverse voices. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "The Cincinnati Storytellers Project wants you to tell your story on stage," 17 June 2018 The leadership summit, a private event, will bring together leaders from diverse backgrounds — business, politics, academia, media, arts and more — with a goal toward strengthening awareness and ties between Spain and the United States. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Spain’s royal couple coming to San Antonio," 7 June 2018 These labs, also known as biohacker spaces, are community hubs where people from diverse backgrounds and a range of ages meet to learn about biotechnology, work on projects, and share know-how and equipment. Daniel Grushkin, STAT, "Biohackers are about open-access to science, not DIY pandemics. Stop misrepresenting us," 4 June 2018 The 2018 candidates for the Permanent Diaconate come from diverse backgrounds and live in different parts of the Archdiocese. Courant Community, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 29 May 2018 The scheme is too new to judge its success (there are just 25 such superintendents and 34 inspectors), but the recruits come from diverse backgrounds. The Economist, "How the career of the British bobby is changing," 24 May 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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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, 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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