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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Switzerland, a small country with an extremely diverse population (there are four main language groups, and 25% of the population is foreign-born), has flourishing communities. Raghuram Rajan For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "We can't rely on national governments to save failing communities. It's time for a new approach," 18 June 2019 Examine diverse coral species on diving and snorkeling excursions and use cutting-edge technologies to monitor the health of the reefs and assist researchers with coral restoration. National Geographic, "Bali High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 From reality tv stars and your favorite musicians to A-list actors and influencers, this is one of the few award shows that delivers such a diverse crowd. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Black Celebrities Slayed At The MTV Movie & TV Awards," 17 June 2019 In terms of programming, Ruido organizers try to keep the lineup eclectic — and diverse. Laura Emerick, chicagotribune.com, "Ruido Fest is still making a delightful noise, but in a new location with a broader lineup," 17 June 2019 Tse later turned to her son’s pediatrician, who recommended Transforming Family — a support group at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for families with gender diverse children. Kevin Truong, NBC News, "For Asian Americans, coming out in 2019 can still present unique challenges," 17 June 2019 Rather, Congress is the meeting place of representatives from 535 diverse constituencies, each of whom has an electoral incentive to place the good of his constituents beforethat of the whole country. Jay Cost, National Review, "Congress Should Fix Itself before Reclaiming Its Power," 14 June 2019 The Democratic Party is in the process of picking a contender to challenge President Trump in 2020, and the full field of 23 candidates is the most diverse in the party’s history. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Women Have Most of Top Roles in Campaigns for Leading 2020 Democrats," 24 May 2019 Overall, the winter atmospheric microbiome was the most diverse, and that diversity included the highest levels of pathogens in any season. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Ahh, summer—ramlibacter season," 14 Nov. 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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