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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Officials said young professionals prefer diverse housing styles in more urban settings because the higher density can make neighborhoods more dynamic. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Noblesville developers are moving away from single-family homes," 16 July 2019 What could eight high school girls with diverse backgrounds have to talk about at 10 at night? High School Journalism Institute, oregonlive.com, "Student Voices: Marginalized people must write our own stories," 15 July 2019 Works were from a diverse selection of artists, including Jo Lynn Alcorn, Sue Berg, Cari Camarra, Margaret Freedman, Barbara Hocker, Hong Hong, Carol Kaplan, Yoojin Kim, Ben Parker, Jill Pasanen, Shin Wakabayashi, and Peter Zierlein. Michael Walsh, courant.com, "Farmington Valley Arts Center Hosts Exhibit All About Paper," 15 July 2019 In addition to serving as a diverse wildlife preserve for hundreds of species, the park offers miles of hike and bike trails, kayaking, fishing, surfing and camping. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Galveston Island State Park beach redevelopment project pushed back," 15 July 2019 Twitch streamers are modern celebrities, ones that cater to diverse audiences through video games. Cian Maher, The Verge, "The streamer who built a giant Starbucks island in Minecraft," 15 July 2019 Urban county fairs need a diverse lineup and attractions to compete, said Dan Bullen, president of the board for the Ohio Fair Manager's Association and board director for the Greene County Fair. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "A 'dire' situation, inscrutable finances, plummeting attendance: Is this the end for the Hamilton County Fair?," 14 July 2019 Interfaith employment Iscar isn’t the only Israeli company to to attract foreign investors with its products and diverse workforce. Ephrat Livni, Quartz at Work, "The secret to success of an Israeli company that’s the darling of Warren Buffett," 14 July 2019 June 27, 201901:40 The debate is the first chance many Americans will get to see the largest and most diverse presidential primary field in history. NBC News, "Warren, other candidates at debate rip 'rigged' Trump economy, spar on health care," 27 June 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 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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