di·​verse dī-ˈvərs How to pronounce diverse (audio)
: differing from one another : unlike
people with diverse interests
: composed of distinct or unlike elements or qualities
a diverse population
diversely adverb
diverseness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for diverse

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

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Rahman says that body diverse representation is important, but isn’t the only antidote to the kinds of issues that Reflect portrays. Virgie Tovar, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Over the years, and after projects that have spanned different genres, the fight for diverse representation has evolved for him, Park said. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 4 Nov. 2022 Instead, the goal put forward now is to create a diverse student body so that everybody benefits from a range of perspectives in the classroom. Teresa M. Hanafin, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Nov. 2022 Colleges and universities can use other, race-neutral ways to assemble a diverse student body, including by focusing on socioeconomic status and eliminating the preference for children of alumni, Students for Fair Admissions argues. Mark Sherman, Chicago Tribune, 31 Oct. 2022 Colleges and universities can use other, race-neutral ways to assemble a diverse student body, including by focusing on socioeconomic status and eliminating the preference for children of alumni and major donors, Students for Fair Admissions argues. Mark Sherman And Jessica Gresko, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Oct. 2022 In 2016, the Supreme Court upheld an admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin, holding that officials there could continue to consider race as a factor in ensuring a diverse student body. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 31 Oct. 2022 In several cases dating back to the 1970s, the Supreme Court has upheld the limited use of race in college admissions to build a diverse student body. Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2022 Both say having a diverse student body is central to their educational mission, and that narrow consideration of race is necessary to achieving it. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of diverse was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Diverse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diverse. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



di·​verse dī-ˈvərs How to pronounce diverse (audio)
: differing from one another : unlike
diversely adverb
diverseness noun

Legal Definition



: 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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