[dih-vur-suh-fahyd, dahy-]


distinguished by various forms or by a variety of objects: diversified activity.
distributed among or producing several types; varied: diversified investments.

Origin of diversified

First recorded in 1605–15; diversify + -ed2
Related formsnon·di·ver·si·fied, adjectivequa·si-di·ver·si·fied, adjectiveun·di·ver·si·fied, adjectivewell-di·ver·si·fied, adjective


[dih-vur-suh-fahy, dahy-]

verb (used with object), di·ver·si·fied, di·ver·si·fy·ing.

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.).

verb (used without object), di·ver·si·fied, di·ver·si·fy·ing.

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

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French diversifier < Medieval Latin dīversificāre, equivalent to Latin dīvers(us) diverse + -ificāre -ify
Related formsdi·ver·si·fi·a·ble, adjectivedi·ver·si·fi·a·bil·i·ty, noundi·ver·si·fi·er, nouno·ver·di·ver·si·fy, verb, o·ver·di·ver·si·fied, o·ver·di·ver·si·fy·ing.un·di·ver·si·fy·ing, noun
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Contemporary Examples of diversified

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  • Woe unto the central banker who diversified in that direction too quickly.

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  • The cuisine is rustic like the land, and its people and the flavors are intense, diversified and explosive.

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  • Production was stepped up and the design refined and diversified.

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Historical Examples of diversified

British Dictionary definitions for diversified


verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(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
Derived Formsdiversifiable, adjectivediversifiability, noundiversifier, noun

Word Origin for diversify

C15: from Old French diversifier, from Medieval Latin dīversificāre, from Latin dīversus diverse + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for diversified



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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