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[dih-vurs, dahy-, dahy-vurs] /dɪˈvɜrs, daɪ-, ˈdaɪ vɜrs/
of a different kind, form, character, etc.; unlike:
a wide range of diverse opinions.
of various kinds or forms; multiform.
including representatives from more than one social, cultural, or economic group, especially members of ethnic or religious minority groups:
a diverse student body.
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 forms
diversely, adverb
diverseness, noun
undiverse, adjective
Can be confused
digress, diverge, diverse.
divers, diverse.
1. varied, manifold, divergent. 2. dissimilar, separate. See various. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for diverse


/daɪˈvɜːs; ˈdaɪvɜːs/
having variety; assorted
distinct in kind
Derived Forms
diversely, adverb
diverseness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Latin dīversus; see divers
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Word Origin and History for diverse

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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