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


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2. See various.
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Examples from the Web for diversely

Historical Examples

  • She has been most diversely described by her different contemporaries.

    Famous Women: George Sand

    Bertha Thomas

  • In Scripture we find the word honour often and diversely used.

    No Cross, No Crown

    William Penn

  • The walls to be painted without and within, and diversely paineted.

  • From age to age, thereafter, have I been diversely reborn on this earth.

    Glimpses of Bengal

    Sir Rabindranath Tagore

  • I don't believe we look at her diversely, in the smallest particular.

    Fennel and Rue

    William Dean Howells

British Dictionary definitions for diversely


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

Word Origin

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



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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