diversity

noun
di·​ver·​si·​ty | \ də-ˈvər-sə-tē, 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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The end of the hat ban may be the first indication—the first drops of water from that big blue wave!—that will soon wash over Washington, a welcome celebration of our individuality and our diversity. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Ilhan Omar Is Poised to Be the First Muslim Woman to Wear a Hijab in Congress Tomorrow," 2 Jan. 2019 But whether or not these potential candidates are shaping their staff to reflect their own diversity is another thing. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "2020 Democratic hopefuls are under pressure to build diverse teams," 29 Dec. 2018 Forni Meadows appealed to the Forest Service not just for its biological diversity but for its historical significance. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Rare mammals, hiking and more: Forest Service adds 835 acres to Eldorado National Forest," 9 July 2018 The ratio between hits and misses in this wide diversity of programming is impossible to predict—there are no out-of-town test runs, and New York is a much tougher venue than Manchester. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "Inside The Shed, Manhattan's New State-of-the-Art Cultural Venue," 12 Dec. 2018 Maui, Hawaii The diversity of activities, from lounging on the beach with no plans to snorkeling, hiking, and swimming in waterfalls all day, means there's something for everyone on Maui, the second-largest Hawaiian island. Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Zika-Free Destinations to Travel to This Year," 15 Oct. 2018 And because there are so few of them, black and Hispanic doctors are tapped repeatedly to increase the diversity of hospital committees, leaving them less time for the research needed to get promotions. Liz Kowalczyk, BostonGlobe.com, "At top hospitals, department chiefs still overwhelmingly white, male," 10 July 2018 After an inaugural year that exceeded organizers’ expectations, the second annual San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books aims to increase its attendance this year and address past criticisms regarding the diversity of its headlining authors. Vryan Feliciano, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Vryan's Report: U-T to host second annual San Diego Festival of Books," 5 July 2018 Ideally, the board’s makeup should reflect the diversity of the city. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "After a bumpy season, the San Antonio Symphony in a stronger, sunnier place," 3 July 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, 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- \

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