[ dih-vur-suh-fi-key-shuh n, dahy- ]
/ dɪˌvɜr sə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, daɪ- /


the act or process of diversifying; state of being diversified.
the act or practice of manufacturing a variety of products, investing in a variety of securities, selling a variety of merchandise, etc., so that a failure in or an economic slump affecting one of them will not be disastrous.

Nearby words

  1. divergent thinking,
  2. diverging lens,
  3. divers,
  4. diverse,
  5. diversely,
  6. diversified,
  7. diversified farming,
  8. diversiform,
  9. diversify,
  10. diversion

Origin of diversification

First recorded in 1595–1605, diversification is from the Medieval Latin word dīversificātiōn- (stem of dīversificātiō). See diversify, -fication

Related formsnon·di·ver·si·fi·ca·tion, nouno·ver·di·ver·si·fi·ca·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for diversification


/ (daɪˌvɜːsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /


commerce the practice of varying products, operations, etc, in order to spread risk, expand, exploit spare capacity, etc
(in regional planning policies) the attempt to provide regions with an adequate variety of industries
the act of diversifying
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Word Origin and History for diversification



c.1600, noun of action from Medieval Latin diversificare (see diversify). Economic sense is from 1939.

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