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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After serving for years as a development worker in Mexico, Crain relocated to D.C. from Portland in 2016 to take a federal government job as a diversity specialist—a move that ate into her savings. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "These Women Are Still Waiting for Their Paycheck Because of the Government Shutdown," 11 Jan. 2019 And then the last demand is promoting the chief diversity officer to answer directly to the CEO and the Board. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "After 20,000 workers walked out, Google said it got the message. The workers disagree.," 21 Nov. 2018 Women on average comprise about 30 percent of the workforce at the world's largest tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook, according to their own diversity reports. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "14 Ways Women Still Aren't Equal to Men," 6 Nov. 2018 Read the full New York Fashion Week Spring 2019 diversity report at TheFashionSpot.com. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "New York Fashion Week Had Its Most Diverse Season Yet in Terms of Race, Size, and Age," 26 Sep. 2018 At a time when Hollywood is reckoning with calls for greater inclusivity, the historic aspect of Oh’s nomination serves as another sobering reminder of the industry’s deep-rooted diversity problem. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "The complete list of 2018 Emmy nominees," 12 July 2018 Boston Medical Center, for example, trains search committee members in how to best recruit minority candidates, and hires search firms that have strong diversity records. Liz Kowalczyk, BostonGlobe.com, "At top hospitals, department chiefs still overwhelmingly white, male," 10 July 2018 In addition to an admissions test, TJ has tried using various factors, including teacher recommendations, diversity goals, and indicators of passion for math and science, Ms. Kahn notes. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Keep the test!' A debate flares over exam-based public high schools.," 6 July 2018 Seaman Apprentice Samuel Awenti came to the U.S. in October 2016 from Cameroon on a diversity visa. Kate Morrissey, sandiegouniontribune.com, "49 military personnel and family members take citizenship oath on USS Midway," 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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