• (British) IPA: /daɪˈvɜːs/
  • (America) IPA: /dɨ.ˈvɝs/, /daɪ.ˈvɝs/, /ˈdaɪ.vɚs/



  1. Consisting of many different elements; various.
  2. Different; dissimilar; distinct; not the same
    • 1797?, Jonathan Edwards, A Dissertation Concerning Liberty and Necessity; containing remarks on the essays of Dr. Samuel West, and on the writings of several other authors, on those subjects.
      It must be observed concerning moral Inability, in each kind of it, that the word Inability is used in a sense very diverse from its original import.
    • 1876, Robert Browning, Bifurcation
      Our roads are diverse: farewell, love! said she.
  3. Capable of various forms; multiform.
    • 1641, Ben Jonson, Discoveries
      Eloquence is a great and diverse thing.
  4. Composed of people with a variety of different demographic characteristics in terms of, for example, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, etc., and having a sizeable representation of people that are minorities in a given area.
  5. (nonstandard, proscribed) Belonging to a minority group.
    Idris Elba was a diverse hire for the franchise
    • 2016 January 22, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:
      The Board’s goal is to commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.
    • 2018 November 17, Saturday Night Live, season 44, episode 6, Voter Fraud (cold open):
      Here to comment is diverse Congresswoman from Ohio […] Marcia Fudge.
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  1. In different directions; diversely.

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