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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Recent Examples on the Web And without diversity, the wonderful culinary experiences that everybody has wouldn’t exist. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, "‘We have to change it’: Birmingham pastry chefs on baking for social justice," 26 June 2020 The nation’s doctor shortage could worsen over the next 15 years, and the ranks of Black and Hispanic doctors fall far short of reflecting the nation’s diversity. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "U.S. doctor shortage worsens as efforts to recruit Black and Latino students stall," 26 June 2020 Less than a week after the debate over vendor diversity was sparked on social media, Freshmarket promised changes. Emily Davies, Washington Post, "Dupont Circle Farmers Market adds new vendors after black businesses said they were denied access because of race," 26 June 2020 Earlier this month the brand publicly shared its action steps, which includes working with retail to ensure that diversity is represented, as well as highlighting more images of diverse dolls and talent in all advertising. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Barbie Just Got A Makeover And It Includes Baby Hair," 26 June 2020 The gathering, which was held in conjunction with McKinsey & Company, included John Rogers of Ariel Investment, a longtime advocate of boardroom diversity who said progress has been far too slow. David Meyer, Fortune, "The ECB’s Christine Lagarde thinks the global economy is past the worst," 26 June 2020 Our organization and our ownership group has always taken diversity and social justice to heart. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Kevin Stefanski discusses offseason training, preseason planning in conference call: Transcript," 25 June 2020 Oakland's police chief, who had clashed with the commission over police shootings and diversity on the force, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Robert Kuznia, CNN, "When it comes to policing the police, strong watchdogs are the exception," 25 June 2020 Leadership at the Federal Reserve’s 12 regional banks continues to suffer from a lack of racial, gender and economic diversity, a report released Thursday said. Michael S. Derby, WSJ, "Fed Has Made Little Progress Diversifying Leadership, Report Says," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of diversity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diversity

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“Diversity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diversity. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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diversity

noun
How to pronounce diversity (audio)

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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