[ dih-vur-suh-fahyd, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈvɜr səˌfaɪd, daɪ- /


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

Nearby words

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

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- ]
/ dɪˈvɜr səˌfaɪ, daɪ- /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for diversified


/ (daɪˈvɜːsɪˌfaɪ) /

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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