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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Medrano was commissioned by the luxury jeweler to shoot a series of portraits featuring diverse subjects in their personal surroundings. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner and Friends Celebrate Tiffany’s Latest Commission and Collection," 11 Feb. 2019 Reddit, home to anonymous superfan communities dedicated to videogames, politics, TV shows and wildly diverse hobbies, has gained a reputation as a rowdy platform where the quirky and unpopular are welcome. Shan Li, WSJ, "Latest Funding Values Reddit at $3 Billion," 11 Feb. 2019 Along with Laverne Cox, a lineup of diverse models including Candice Huffine and Precious Lee walked the runway. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Laverne Cox Just Kicked Off NYFW With the Most Epic Runway Walk," 7 Feb. 2019 Pelosi often says her strength comes from the unity of her diverse Democratic caucus, and that power was on display Tuesday. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Women in white: Democrats draw contrast at Trump’s address," 6 Feb. 2019 Still, many felt that sending both singers to the finals was the wrong move — not because of Brian and Kechi's lack of talent, but because of the lack of diverse acts. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT: The Champions' Fans Are Livid With Last Night's Results and Golden Buzzer Pick Kechi Okwuchi," 29 Jan. 2019 Particularly over the last couple of years, the work has solidified into a body of research that indicates timing can affect processes as diverse as sleep, metabolism, and cell growth. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Have Heart Surgery in the Afternoon," 26 Dec. 2018 And in anticipation of warmer weather, Stuart Weitzman just launched a new seasonal campaign featuring Kendall Jenner, Yang Mi, Willow Smith, and Jean Campbell, a diverse group of faces modeling the brand's shoes in 7 new nude shades. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Stuart Weitzman Is Launching a Diverse New Range of Nudes for Spring 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 As an Asian-American immigrant, my views were aligned with liberal ideals, and in that diverse arts school, filled with immigrants, feminists, and members of the LGBTQ community, I was surrounded by people with political voices similar to mine. Yoonie Yang, Teen Vogue, "What Happens When You Lose Your Political Voice in a New Environment," 8 Jan. 2019

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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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