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 Studies from McKinsey and other sources have consistently found that inclusive teams make better business decisions and statistically outperform less diverse firms. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Investment management is overwhelmingly dominated by white men—and it’s costing you money," 19 June 2020 Labor unions like the Writers Guild of America, East and the NewsGuild include diversity and inclusion provisions in contracts with publications that have helped take steps toward more diverse hiring and closing staggering salary gaps among staff. Char Adams, The New Republic, "Where Do Black Journalists Go From Here?," 19 June 2020 And the one thing that the Grammys can do to change that is get an influx of a more diverse and younger voting base and phase certain voters out that aren't making music still. Alex Suskind, EW.com, "John Legend on his new album, fighting for change, and the letter Bill Withers wrote him," 17 June 2020 However, could the Raiders be envisioning a more diverse role for the athletic Mariota? oregonlive, "Marcus Mariota deployed in a Taysom Hill-like role for the Las Vegas Raiders?," 17 June 2020 Along with the switch to community policing came a reliance on high-tech, city-wide surveillance, more patrols, and younger, cheaper, less diverse officers who often aren't from Camden. Maryclaire Dale, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ice cream and barbecues: How Camden reimagined its police.," 15 June 2020 Along with the switch to community policing came a reliance on high-tech, city-wide surveillance, more patrols, and younger, cheaper, less diverse officers who often aren't from Camden. Author: Maryclaire Dale, Anchorage Daily News, "Rethinking police: How Camden, NJ, reimagined its force," 15 June 2020 Some campuses have more diverse student makeup than others. Dallas News, "Texas A&M System pledges $100 million for scholarships to diversify campuses, help low-income students," 15 June 2020 It was considered groundbreaking in 2017 for a smaller brand like Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty to release foundation in 40 shades, and brands have slowly worked to add more hues to make their products accessible to a more diverse set of customers. Kim Bhasin, Bloomberg.com, "In Corporate Reckoning On Race, a Skin-Deep Industry Stands Out," 14 June 2020

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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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The first known use of diverse was in the 14th century

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“Diverse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diverse. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce diverse (audio)

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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