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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Recent Examples on the Web The principal described the Class of 2021 as a diverse and talented group of kids, who displayed an enthusiasm for learning as well as extracurricular activities while accepting their last year in high school was going to look different. John Benson, cleveland, 10 June 2021 No two individuals better exemplify the current chasm between the two halves of the country: one racially diverse and socially liberal, the other mostly White and conservative. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 8 June 2021 Jones, 32, hoped voters were hungry for new leadership, casting himself as a fresh voice for a more diverse and progressive Democratic coalition and someone who would act with greater urgency to address police violence against minority communities. Washington Post, 7 June 2021 As the industry becomes more diverse and inclusive, more underrepresented voices are heard and portrayed. Cheryl Robinson, Forbes, 6 June 2021 The dresses, tiered and lush, were modeled by diverse and nonbinary models and made with upcycled fabrics, including duvet covers and wedding veils. Annie Brown, Vogue, 4 June 2021 This Freeform series is one of the most diverse and inclusive shows on the air, which tackles current social justice issues with thoughtful nuance while offering entertaining plots about 20-somethings in Los Angeles. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 3 June 2021 As Executive Director of the American Indian Center of Indiana and member of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, she's always considered Indianapolis a diverse and supportive community among people of color. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 2 June 2021 But screenshots can be both diverse and atmospheric—images of random texts that morph into a set of memes and fill the gaps of online conversation. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 1 June 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 Jun. 2021.

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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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