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

Definition of diversify

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

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Other Words from diversify

diversifier \ də-​ˈvər-​sə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce diversify (audio) , dī-​ \ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web This is the result of an aggressive push on the academy’s part to expand and diversify its membership. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Recording Academy Has 1,345 New Voting Members—About 12% of Its Total," 11 Nov. 2020 Graziano has promised a slew of reforms to build community trust and diversify the 900-person department in a county where more than a quarter of residents are Black. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Interfaith solidarity, sick election workers, #Sharpiegate: News from around our 50 states," 6 Nov. 2020 The national outcry over racial inequities following George Floyd’s killing in May led companies to make commitments to diversify their workforces. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "Why Companies Are Expanding Recruitment at Historically Black Colleges," 28 Oct. 2020 Also worth a mention is Life House’s new property in Bushwick, which will better diversify North Brooklyn’s boutique hotel offerings beyond Williamsburg. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 20 Best Places to Travel in 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 Beyond the stats, he's been trusted with versatile roles for a rookie, including spying the quarterback and dropping into coverage, allowing coaches to diversify their game plans. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Fourth-round rookie D.J. Wonnum becomes imprortant player for Vikings," 27 Dec. 2020 The University of Maryland in College Park will name two new residence halls after former students who helped diversify the campus in the 19th and 20th centuries, officials announced Monday. Washington Post, "University of Maryland to name new dorms after first Black student and others who helped diversify the campus," 21 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, Coinbase has made dozens of acquisitions in recent years to help its diversify its revenue model beyond trading fees. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Coinbase announces IPO in a milestone for the crypto industry," 17 Dec. 2020 Companies have also vowed to hire more people of color and diversify their workplaces. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Top CEOs vow to hire 1 million Black Americans," 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of diversify

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

History and Etymology for diversify

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

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“Diversify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diversify. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of diversify

: to change (something) so that it has more different kinds of people or things
: to produce or sell more kinds of products : to increase the variety of goods or services produced or offered by (someone or something)


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

Kids Definition of diversify

: to change to include many different things The cafeteria has diversified its menu choices.

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