diverse

adjective
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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Races where the results are a foregone conclusion just aren’t as exciting for the fans to watch, and previously diverse pools of competitors soon evaporate. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "From efficiency to airflow, it’s a golden age for racing tech in our driveways," 23 Nov. 2018 The faces in the pictures are at first faded and black and white and then increasingly diverse and modern, the continuation of the Romanov line in the new world and beyond. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What's the Story With The Romanoffs Controversial Opening Credits?," 27 Oct. 2018 For Lyft, the more diverse and varied its products, the more encouraged people will feel to abandon their personal vehicles for good and become evangelists for ride-sharing. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Lyft’s monthly subscription plan is now available nationwide," 16 Oct. 2018 This time, the splintered and diverse rebels have only Turkey. Fox News, "Last stand: Syria's rebel Idlib prepares for a losing battle," 16 Sep. 2018 Getty ImagesPresley Ann Rihanna's Fenty x Savage show was one of the most inclusive and diverse spectacles of New York Fashion Week. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Slick Woods Went Into Labor at Rihanna's Fashion Show, Walked the Runway Anyway," 14 Sep. 2018 The list of famous middle children includes figures as diverse as Warren Buffett and Jennifer Lopez, but for the most part, middles are reliably cast in the culture as oddballs, outcasts, and misfits. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "The Extinction of the Middle Child," 11 July 2018 Last week's report documents 116 different types of devices that make up the botnet from a diverse group of manufacturers. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "A 100,000-router botnet is feeding on a 5-year-old UPnP bug in Broadcom chips," 12 Nov. 2018 The midterms started new conversations and introduced a handful of fresh, diverse political heroes, and progressive gains were made. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Is the Perfect Response to the 2018 Midterms — and What Comes After," 9 Nov. 2018

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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, 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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