[dih-vurs, dahy-, dahy-vurs]


of a different kind, form, character, etc.; unlike: a wide range of diverse opinions.
of various kinds or forms; multiform.
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

1275–1325; Middle English < Latin dīversus (past participle of dīvertere “to divert”), equivalent to dī- di-2 + vert- (base of vertere “to turn”) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsdi·verse·ly, adverbdi·verse·ness, nounun·di·verse, adjective
Can be confuseddiverge diversedivers diverse

Synonyms for diverse

Synonym study

2. See various.
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Contemporary Examples of diverse

Historical Examples of diverse

  • As in all his sentiments, as in all his sensations, there were mingled in it diverse elements.


    Pierre Loti

  • Please tell me, just to see, the diverse ways they could be put.

  • Let us assume, then, that there are many and diverse pleasures, and many and different sciences.

  • Now these spirits or intermediate powers are many and diverse, and one of them is Love.'

  • There were present men from many lands and of many nations, and their languages were diverse.

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

British Dictionary definitions for diverse



having variety; assorted
distinct in kind
Derived Formsdiversely, adverbdiverseness, noun

Word Origin for diverse

C13: from Latin dīversus; see divers
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Word Origin and History for diverse

c.1300, spelling variant of divers (q.v.), perhaps by analogy with converse, traverse, etc. In some cases directly from Latin diversus, and since c.1700 restricted to the meaning "different in character or quality." Related: Diversely.

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