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

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 Little is president of the Thomas Jefferson Alumni Action Group (TJAAG), which formed in 2016 to help diversify the school and saw an upswell of membership in summer 2020. Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2021 Work with third parties to help diversify candidate pools and train employees who will be evaluating candidates. Tara Ataya, Quartz, 22 Nov. 2021 Owning the building will help diversify the organization’s revenue, by drawing rents from more than 80 tenants while also being able to expand what RAW offers to the public, Wilkins said. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, 16 Nov. 2021 Signature abilities help to diversify the players, and that’s important when using an archetype structure in any game. Brian Mazique, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Better use of its popular intellectual properties could also help diversify income sources. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2021 Comprehensive data on grow-your-own programs is lacking, experts say, but short-term studies show training local candidates to teach in local schools can help diversify the workforce and narrow achievement gaps. al, 31 July 2021 According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, edible insects contain high-quality proteins, vitamins and amino acids that help diversify diets and improve nutrition. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 Other stores like Macy's and major retail outlets like the Mall of America in Minnesota have also tried to diversify their Santa ranks, delighting many shoppers while dismaying others. NBC News, 19 Nov. 2021

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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 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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