adjective di·verse \ dī-ˈvərs , də-ˈ , ˈdī-ˌ \
Updated on: 16 Mar 2018

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





Examples of diverse in a Sentence

  1. 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 OakleyEvil Genes(2007) 2008
  2. 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. ElliottNew York Review of Books23 Feb. 2006
  3. 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 AsimovNew York Times26 Mar. 2003
  4. 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 FeatherstoneNation4/11 Aug. 2003
  5. His message appealed to a diverse audience.

  6. a diverse group of subjects

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Origin and Etymology of diverse

Middle English divers, diverse, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French divers, from Latin diversus, from past participle of divertere — see divert

Synonym Discussion of 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

DIVERSE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of diverse for English Language Learners

  • : different from each other

  • : made up of people or things that are different from each other

DIVERSE Defined for Kids


adjective di·verse \ dī-ˈvərs , də- \

Definition of diverse for Students

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.

Law Dictionary


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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