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[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.
Origin of diversified
1605-15; diversify + -ed2
Related forms
nondiversified, adjective
quasi-diversified, adjective
undiversified, adjective
well-diversified, adjective


[dih-vur-suh-fahy, dahy-] /dɪˈvɜr səˌfaɪ, daɪ-/
verb (used with object), diversified, diversifying.
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), diversified, diversifying.
to invest in different types of industries, securities, etc.
to add different types of manufactured products, crops, etc., especially to a business.
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French diversifier < Medieval Latin dīversificāre, equivalent to Latin dīvers(us) diverse + -ificāre -ify
Related forms
diversifiable, adjective
diversifiability, noun
diversifier, noun
overdiversify, verb, overdiversified, overdiversifying.
undiversifying, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for diversified
  • The managed funds cannot consistently beat the market bec they are so large and so diversified that they mimic the market.
  • No longer did farms offer diversified crops across the year, nor were they any longer places where farmers grew their own food.
  • Get a new governor, one with vision, and a plan to build a more diversified state economy.
  • Seek a well-diversified mix of different types of investments that rely on returns from different sectors of the economy.
  • The key point would be to include something a little different, and come across as diversified.
  • They also find that their work becomes more diversified and more complex.
  • Her material expanded, her writing matured, and the characters populating her work diversified.
  • The state's economy has been broadly diversified from its traditional oil and agriculture base.
  • Some experts believe the group first diversified during the reign of dinosaurs.
  • Birds, the holdouts of the dinosaur age, diversified and flourished in the skies.
British Dictionary definitions for diversified


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
(transitive) 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 Forms
diversifiable, adjective
diversifiability, noun
diversifier, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French diversifier, from Medieval Latin dīversificāre, from Latin dīversusdiverse + 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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