di·​ver·​si·​fi·​ca·​tion də-ˌvər-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce diversification (audio)
: the act or process of diversifying something or of becoming diversified : an increase in the variety or diversity of something
Between the appearance of complex cells 2.1 billion to 1.6 billion years ago and the explosive diversification of multicellular animals some 800 million years ago, not much happens in the fossil record.Carolyn Gramling
: the act or practice of spreading investments among a variety of securities or classes of securities
I've emphasized bond mutual funds because they're so useful for investors of average means. You get diversification (because the fund owns many types of bonds) and liquidity (you can cash out, at the market price, whenever you want).Jane Bryant Quinn
: the act or policy of increasing the variety of a company's products
And it envisions a diversification into products such as clothing and electronics, which Nakasone hopes will attract more customers outside the busy holiday season.Karl Taro Greenfeld

Examples of diversification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That diversification has driven aggregate resilience–even if that coexists with pain in many parts of the economy. Mike Sommers, Fortune Europe, 1 Feb. 2024 This trifecta of Hollywood strikes, a streamlining of streaming costs, and a strategic realignment towards new regional priorities heralds an era of global diversification in content production, Bisson noted. Callum McLennan, Variety, 24 Jan. 2024 Share [Findings] A period of global coolness 4,200 years ago accelerated the diversification of japonica rice. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 17 Jan. 2024 All of this biological diversification also occurred in a relatively short period of time–in about 30 million years. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 3 Jan. 2024 Over time, diversification can provide more stability to your portfolio. Anna-Louise Jackson, wsj.com, 28 Dec. 2023 Much more manageable are the series of robotic moon missions planned starting in 2024, highlighting the diversification of interest in the moon. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Dec. 2023 This period marked a significant phase of diversification in the dinosaur world, with the Tarbosaurus emerging as a formidable apex predator in its home region. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2023 The idea behind diversification is simple: Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Anna-Louise Jackson, wsj.com, 28 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French diversificacion, diversification, borrowed from Medieval Latin dīversificātiōn-, dīversificātiō "differentiation, variation," from dīversificāre "to differentiate, diversify" + Latin -tiōn- -tiō, suffix of verbal action

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of diversification was in 1603

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“Diversification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diversification. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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