- to make diverse, as in form or character; give variety or diversity to; variegate.
- to invest in different types of (securities, industries, etc.).
- to produce different types of (manufactured products, crops, etc.).
- to invest in different types of industries, securities, etc.
- to add different types of manufactured products, crops, etc., especially to a business.
Origin of diversify
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- (tr) to create different forms of; variegate; vary
- (of an enterprise) to vary (products, operations, etc) in order to spread risk, expand, etc
- to distribute (investments) among several securities in order to spread risk
Word Origin for diversify
C15: from Old French diversifier, from Medieval Latin dīversificāre, from Latin dīversus diverse + facere to make
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
late 15c., from Old French diversifier (13c.) "to make diverse," from Medieval Latin diversificare, from Latin diversus (see diverse). Economic sense is from 1939. Related: Diversified; diversifying.
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