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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This year's crop of our favorite small screen moments reflects that diversity, from network sitcoms and prestige dramas to adult animated series and sci-fi favorites—and pretty much everything in between. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2018: Our favorite shows and binges," 24 Dec. 2018 One is tolerance, open-mindedness, willing to take risks, craziness, diversity, all kinds of things. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How to make a big company more innovative," 30 Nov. 2018 The fusion of her interests led her to create Chicago Theatre Now, a new biannual magazine that will discuss and explore issues of accountability, inclusion, diversity, and equity within the Chicago theater scene. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Media / Theater Profiles abuse scandal inspires new magazine examining Chicago theater," 12 July 2018 Celebrating diversity of America’s favorite pastime. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers offer 'Pride Pack' tickets in support of LGBT community," 8 July 2018 Only then will the populations unite and breed, thus boosting genetic diversity, which conservationists can track with continued genetic testing. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Can the Koala Genome Save the Species From Deforestation and Chlamydia?," 2 July 2018 To boost diversity, 49 percent of those invites were sent out to women, while 38 percent of invitees were people of color. Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Queen Latifah Says 'It's Only A Matter Of Time' Before We Get A 'Girls Trip' Sequel," 28 June 2018 Great colleagues, a system that promotes from within, many educational opportunities, cultural diversity, the opportunity to get out and travel, and excellent benefits are some of the additional that employees enjoy. Crisis Prevention Institute, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Crisis Prevention Institute seeks out employees who care," 21 June 2018 To put together the rankings, experts considered factors like job prospects, diversity, environmental quality and infrastructure. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Texas metros win big on 'America's best cities' ranking," 20 June 2018

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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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