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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Kaling also spoke about how her character is the only female writer and a diversity hire for the staff. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mindy Kaling Roasts Colbert, Talks 'Late Night' Inspiration," 8 June 2019 The diversity disclosure bill is headed to the governor’s desk. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Illinois Almost Follows in California's Board Footsteps: The Broadsheet," 7 June 2019 When transfer students knock, more colleges are opening the door More community college students are making their way to four-year universities – and helping schools meet enrollment and diversity goals. Christian Science Monitor, "World | Progress Watch," 7 June 2019 The Undefeated Sephora stores across the country closed for an hour to hold diversity training for employees. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: What everyone in Los Angeles is reading," 6 June 2019 Sephora stores close for diversity training The beauty products giant Sephora will close more than 400 stores Wednesday to host inclusion workshops for its employees. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump concludes UK trip, NBA Finals, 'Black Mirror' returns: 5 things to know Wednesday," 5 June 2019 Sophia Kunthara looks at how companies like Salesforce are fixing tech conferences’ diversity problem, one microphone at a time. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Apple wants to log you in to apps. Regulators should watch this space," 5 June 2019 Fouts used Wednesday's speech to tout everything from diversity efforts, to lower crime rates to roads to fighting the opioid problem to investments by automakers that will bring jobs to the city. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Warren Mayor Jim Fouts says new district court will be part of downtown plan for Warren," 5 June 2019 Makeup chain Sephora is shutting down all its locations Wednesday to provide diversity training to its associates. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Sephora closing all locations Wednesday for diversity training," 3 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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