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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web New job occupations will arise, and the workforce will be more diverse than ever. Jaimie Green, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Today, the student body is diverse but enrollment doesn’t reflect the state’s overall demographics. Melissa Korn, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2022 The world of DAOs is incredibly diverse—spanning everything from investment clubs to blockchain hobbyists to social justice organizations. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 9 Aug. 2022 These occurrences are a constant during campaign season, particularly in a city with as many distinct minority communities as L.A. (most of which are also internally diverse, with their own competing constituencies and views). Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2022 Interferons are also extremely diverse, and have redundancies among them. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 4 Aug. 2022 New campers continue to be more diverse when compared to campers overall, with 54 percent of new campers identifying as non-white. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 1 Aug. 2022 Nevada and South Carolina are much more diverse than either Iowa or New Hampshire. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 31 July 2022 Now the squad is more diverse, and close to half of the guards are women. Joe Heim, Washington Post, 31 July 2022 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for diverse

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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