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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Recent Examples on the Web In a country as large, diverse, and bureaucratically complex as India, the logistical challenges of converting aid into impact cannot be overestimated. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, "Inside India’s COVID-19 Surge," 4 May 2021 Launchpad looks like an attempt to extend that initiative to the live-action realm via short films directed by a diverse array of creators. Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone, "What to Watch on Disney+: New ‘Star Wars,’ Classic X-Men Films and Emma Stone’s ‘Cruella’," 2 May 2021 The ecosystem in the monument is diverse, unique and one of the most intact marine habitats on Earth. Caleb Jones, Star Tribune, "Expedition hauls tons of plastic out of remote Hawaii atolls," 30 Apr. 2021 On that Sunday morning at The Arsenal, a diverse array of around 40 congregants sat masked and socially distanced at every other pew, most of them young like Belew with T-shirts and tattoos. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "From Army interrogator to pastor: The unlikely tale of how this tattooed motorcycle lover came to lead a Southtown church," 29 Apr. 2021 The research includes assessing whether a company’s culture is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Angela Chan, Forbes, "How Do You Decipher The Company With True Inclusive Values?," 27 Apr. 2021 The ecosystem in the monument is diverse, unique, and one of the most intact marine habitats on Earth. Caleb Jones, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hawaiian beach cleanup turns up more than 47 tons of debris," 23 Apr. 2021 The ecosystem in the monument is diverse, unique and one of the most intact marine habitats on Earth. Caleb Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Expedition hauls tons of plastic and abandoned fishing nets out of remote Hawaii atolls that threaten to entangle endangered animals," 22 Apr. 2021 The ecosystem in the monument is diverse, unique and one of the most intact marine habitats on Earth. Caleb Jones, Anchorage Daily News, "Expedition recovers tons of ‘ghost nets’ and plastic from remote Hawaiian atolls," 22 Apr. 2021

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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 "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

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“Diverse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diverse. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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 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.



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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