diversify

verb

di·​ver·​si·​fy də-ˈvər-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce diversify (audio)
dī-
diversified; diversifying

transitive verb

1
: to make diverse or composed of unlike elements : give variety to
diversify a course of study
2
: to balance (an investment portfolio) defensively by dividing funds among securities (see security sense 3) of different industries or of different classes
diversify your investments
3
: to increase the variety of the products of
diversify the company

intransitive verb

1
: to produce variety
encouraging farmers to diversify
2
: to engage in varied operations
diversifying into online services
diversifier noun

Examples of diversify in a Sentence

The country is diversifying its energy sources. farmers who want to diversify their crops The new CEO's chief aim is to diversify the company. The company needs to diversify. Many publishing companies have diversified into online services.
Recent Examples on the Web The People’s Bank of China went on an 18-month buying spree, its longest-ever run of purchases, that finally ended in May, a move seen as an attempt to help diversify its reserves away from the dollar and guard against currency depreciation. Chris Morris, Fortune, 16 July 2024 Despite what many pundits say about diversifying away from the U.S., Wall Street has been the best place to be for traders and investors for several years in a row. Ron Insana, CNBC, 13 July 2024 By the 1980s, Reliance diversified into petrochemicals, plastics and petroleum refining, eventually becoming a global leader in the polyester market. Maddie Garfinkle, Peoplemag, 12 July 2024 The effort was, in part, to diversify Dubai’s economy away from being largely oil-based. Katherine McLaughlin, Architectural Digest, 11 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for diversify 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English dyversefyen "to change, vary," borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French diversefier, diversifier "to change, vary, be variable, be different," borrowed from Medieval Latin dīversificāre "to differentiate, differ, disagree, be at variance," verbal derivative of Late Latin dīversificus "varied," from Latin dīversus "turned in different directions, differing" + -i- -i- + -ficus -fic — more at diverse

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of diversify was in the 15th century

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“Diversify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diversify. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

diversify

verb
di·​ver·​si·​fy də-ˈvər-sə-ˌfī How to pronounce diversify (audio)
dī-
diversified; diversifying
1
: to make diverse : give variety to
2
: to increase the variety of products of
diversify a business
diversification noun

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