adjective di·verse \dī-ˈvərs, də-ˈ, ˈdī-ˌ\

: different from each other

: made up of people or things that are different from each other

Full Definition of DIVERSE

:  differing from one another :  unlike <people with diverse interests>
:  composed of distinct or unlike elements or qualities <a diverse population>
di·verse·ly adverb
di·verse·ness noun

Examples of DIVERSE

  1. We can adapt to new problems in ways that other species cannot. It is this ability that enabled our ancestors to spread over the globe, displacing other hominids and many other species along the way. Our cultures and individual behaviors are so successfully diverse that humans are more like an entire ecosystem than a single species. —Barbara Oakley, Evil Genes, (2007) 2008

Origin of DIVERSE

Middle English divers, diverse, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French divers, from Latin diversus, from past participle of divertere (see divert)
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of DIVERSE

different, diverse, divergent, disparate, various mean unlike in kind or character. different may imply little more than separateness but it may also imply contrast or contrariness <different foods>. diverse implies both distinctness and marked contrast <such diverse interests as dancing and football>. divergent implies movement away from each other and unlikelihood of ultimate meeting or reconciliation <went on to pursue divergent careers>. disparate emphasizes incongruity or incompatibility <disparate notions of freedom>. various stresses the number of sorts or kinds <tried various methods>.

Numerous commentators have condemned different than in spite of its use since the 17th century by many of the best-known names in English literature. It is nevertheless standard and is even recommended in many handbooks when followed by a clause, because insisting on from in such instances often produces clumsy or wordy formulations. Different from, the generally safe choice, is more common especially when it is followed by a noun or pronoun.
DIVERSE Defined for Kids


adjective di·verse \dī-ˈvərs, də-\

Definition of DIVERSE for Kids

:  different from each other :  unlike <She met people with diverse interests.>
:  made up of people or things that are different from each other <Her speech was heard by a diverse audience.>


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