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[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.
Origin of diversify
late Middle English
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 diversify
  • Economic reforms are aimed at developing the private sector and attracting foreign investment to diversify the economy.
  • Its economic fortunes depend mostly on declining oil resources, but the country is trying to diversify its earnings.
  • The data further show that these superorders of living mammals started to diversify much earlier than the fossil record suggests.
  • Farmers are looking for ways to diversify, and a few have opened their cottages to holiday visitors.
  • Strive to diversify the economy and limit population influx to sustainable levels.
  • The dog should be taken for walks regularly to help diversify his environment.
  • Some of those derivatives, for example, didn't diversify risk as well as their creators had believed they would.
  • Past efforts to diversify the economy had more or less failed.
  • We need to diversify genetically, to adapt to new environments and live on new worlds and look at the universe through new eyes.
  • How a company chooses to diversify is a critical yet overlooked aspect of why it does so.
British Dictionary definitions for diversify


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 diversify

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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