diversity

noun
di·​ver·​si·​ty | \ də-ˈvər-sə-tē How to pronounce diversity (audio) , dī-\
plural diversities

Definition of diversity

1 : the condition of having or being composed of differing elements : variety especially : the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization programs intended to promote diversity in schools
2 : an instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities : an instance of being diverse a diversity of opinion

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Examples of diversity in a Sentence

Another factor in Burns' rise has been the strength and depth of Xerox's commitment to diversity. One-third of Xerox's 3,819 executives are women and 22% are minorities. — Nanette Byrnes et al., Business Week, 8 June 2009 Jim, a lanky, bearded 35-year-old, knows a lot about heirloom fruits and vegetables. He works with the Southern Seed Legacy in Athens, Georgia, an organization devoted to preserving the seeds of heirloom plants in order to restore some of the genetic diversity that industrial agriculture has eroded over the years. — Gary Paul Nabhan, Saveur, October 2009 Even more eccentric is the treatment of the British Empire. Stretching over three centuries and six continents, you might have expected that its extent, duration, and diversity would have made it immune to facile interpretation. — David Gilmour, New York Review, 2 Nov. 2006 The media flood the nation's editorial markets with testimonies to the piebald character of the American democracy jumbled together from a wonderful diversity of colors, creeds, and cultural dispensations, which is a swell story, but in the United States Senate not one visible to the naked eye. — Lewis H. Lapham, Harper's, March 2005 The handsome creatures have hooked the interest of evolutionists and ecologists because of their dazzling diversity of shapes, behaviors, and feeding habits, which include nibbling the fins and scales of other fish. Science, 26 Nov. 2004 The island has more diversity in plant life than other islands nearby. The city is known for its cultural diversity. The school aims for diversity in its student population.
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Tijuana style street tacos, soft shell and hard shell tacos make for plenty of variety, while rolled tacos adding a bit of diversity to the mix. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Mexican restaurant near U of L serves up some indulgent (and big!) food," 3 July 2019 Buttigieg being a gay candidate and a veteran adds a flavor of diversity. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Clash of the Texans: Julián Castro's breakout leaves Beto O'Rourke to do some homework," 30 June 2019 The level of diversity on display on the debate stage was unprecedented for a major political party in the United States. Steve Peoples, Twin Cities, "Rivals target Biden as Democrats’ rifts emerge on age, race," 28 June 2019 The lack of continental diversity is unusual in women's football and has been criticised by USA forward Tobin Heath, who claims the European style of play gets 'boring'. SI.com, "Why European Dominance at the 2019 Women's World Cup Is Unfamiliar But Not Unexpected," 27 June 2019 Temple responded that one of the comments submitted about the MLC process was about making the Copyright Office aware of racial diversity. Ed Christman, Billboard, "House Judiciary Hearing on Copyright Office Reviews Music Modernization Act, Black Box Royalty Concerns," 26 June 2019 A few years ago, Dechow and others started to wonder, just how significant was the inbreeding and loss of diversity? Maureen O’hagan, Quartz, "The way we breed cows is setting them up for extinction," 24 June 2019 The mayor has been called out in the past for his economic development plan which razed low-income black and Latinx neighborhoods, and for his handling of police misconduct cases and lack of diversity on the police force. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Mayor Pete Faces the Music: RaceAhead," 24 June 2019 Steinman, along with fellow advertising industry veterans Bethany Iverson, Liz Giel, and Erinn Farrell, had banded together around the vision of diversity, but were sobered by the reality of the slow pace of change. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can coworking companies sell inclusive communities?," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of diversity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diversity

see diverse

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diversity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diversity

: the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, etc.
: the state of having people who are different races or who have different cultures in a group or organization

diversity

noun
di·​ver·​si·​ty | \ də-ˈvər-sə-tē How to pronounce diversity (audio) , dī-\
plural diversities

Kids Definition of diversity

: the condition or fact of being different The island has great diversity in its plant life.

diversity

noun
di·​ver·​si·​ty | \ də-ˈvər-sə-tē, dī- How to pronounce diversity (audio) \

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