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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Ms Jones works hard to find a diverse bunch of recruits. The Economist, "A welcome upgrade to apprenticeships," 12 July 2018 Despite the Emmys' willingness to embrace the new and the diverse, there is still plenty to complain about. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "What the 2018 Emmy nominations got right and wrong," 12 July 2018 When used in a mixture, the different grasses offer a variety of attributes that contribute to a diverse stand of lawn grasses that are able to withstand different stresses like shade better than one cultivar by itself. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Lawn thinning out beneath a cluster of trees? Too much shade could be wreaking havoc," 10 July 2018 Roddenberry’s future was certainly idealistic, but the diverse crew of the USS Enterprise pointed the way to a brighter future. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "5 Space Forces From Sci-Fi and What We Can Learn From Them," 6 July 2018 The instinct behind this is noble: America is becoming more diverse and its future success depends on the acceptance of that. The Economist, "What’s left?To win back power, Democrats must do things that make them uncomfortable," 14 July 2018 Our area, given the diverse makeup of its immigrant communities, helps keep us focused on Latin America and Asia. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Leading a local council to teach people about the world around them," 14 July 2018 Concerts in the Court This weekly concert series features a diverse lineup of local and regional bands from country, jazz to classic rock and everything in between. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Wellington area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 This year’s festival, which runs July 19-29, has many diverse offerings that should appeal to a smart classical music audience. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "KC Fringe Festival brings an adventurous spirit to classical themes," 13 July 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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