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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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  • Wiegmann diversified as much as possible his mode of bringing about these irregular unions among plants.

    Principles of Geology Charles Lyell
  • I was glad to be in a city so great, so complex and diversified.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • The Countess diversified her grief with a deadly bitterness against the heartless Jocelyns.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • Out of the darkness there rose a view, enormous, diversified, impressive.

    Across the Equator Thomas H. Reid
  • The Company previously, and now the King, had urged upon the Virginians a diversified industry and agriculture.

  • Hence, my data have been gathered from many sources, which are as diversified as they are numerous.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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