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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Plenty of firms also hire freelancers to fill gaps in their staff and assist on or pick up extra projects in fields as diverse as publishing, engineering, architecture and graphic design. Katie Winterburn, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How to find great part-time work in retirement," 16 Sep. 2019 The Democratic Party’s lively, sometimes heated internal disagreements were on vivid display throughout the night, on subjects as diverse as gun control, trade with China, the war in Afghanistan and the Senate filibuster. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Attacks on Biden in Debate Highlight Divide Over the Obama Legacy," 13 Sep. 2019 Naturally, in a country as diverse as the United States, a great deal of cultural interaction and exchange takes place. Alec Dent, National Review, "The Natural Evolution of Language Is Not ‘Cultural Appropriation’," 3 Sep. 2019 The One With a Melting Pot The show only had eight weeks to find its cast—and preferably one as diverse as its New York City setting. David Canfield, EW.com, "They almost wrote Jennifer Aniston off the show?! An exclusive look at the making of Friends," 21 Aug. 2019 Other researchers use biological markers as diverse as genetics, hormones, and gut bacteria to distinguish dozens of depression categories. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Brain scans could help personalize treatment for people who are depressed or suicidal," 20 Aug. 2019 Land rights must be secured, environmental damage cleaned up, funds raised and approvals sought from agencies as diverse as the City of Detroit and the Army Corps of Engineers. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Atwater Beach opening soon, extending Detroit's network of family friendly public spaces," 16 Aug. 2019 With a group as diverse as American municipalities, some can't afford to pay for paper systems, and some officials don't believe the Senate and all the outside experts. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "America Makes Some, but Not Enough, Progress in Election Security," 15 Aug. 2019 Beyond the obvious role of combat support, these companies have also been increasingly used in services as diverse as anti-poaching efforts and combating maritime piracy. Jonathan Powell, Quartz Africa, "The controversial role of private military and security companies in Africa," 9 Aug. 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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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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