[ dih-vurs, dahy-, dahy-vurs ]
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  1. of a different kind, form, character, etc.; unlike: a wide range of diverse opinions.

  2. of various kinds or forms; multiform.

  1. including representatives from more than one social, cultural, or economic group, especially members of ethnic or religious minority groups: a diverse student body.

Origin of diverse

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, from Latin dīversus (past participle of dīvertere “to divert”), equivalent to dī- di-2 + vert- (base of vertere “to turn”) + -tus, past participle suffix, with -tt- regularly becoming -s-

Other words for diverse

Other words from diverse

  • di·verse·ly, adverb
  • di·verse·ness, noun
  • un·di·verse, adjective

Words that may be confused with diverse

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How to use diverse in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for diverse


/ (daɪˈvɜːs, ˈdaɪvɜːs) /

  1. having variety; assorted

  2. distinct in kind

Origin of diverse

C13: from Latin dīversus; see divers

Derived forms of diverse

  • diversely, adverb
  • diverseness, noun

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