Definition of diversity in US English:



  • 1The state of being diverse; variety.

    ‘there was considerable diversity in the style of the reports’
    • ‘Society needs to put a different value on caring, we still need to learn to celebrate diversity among women.’
    • ‘The museum celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the Auckland region and its peoples.’
    • ‘English was not the first language for 25 % of patients, reflecting the cultural diversity of the community.’
    • ‘Canadians take great pride in the ethnic and cultural diversity of our population.’
    • ‘The diversity at loci on triple-mutant chromosomes was compared with that on sensitive chromosomes.’
    • ‘We selected patients to achieve maximum diversity with respect to age and sex.’
    • ‘He says Auburn's " bigger problem " is achieving racial diversity on campus.’
    • ‘We also estimated the nucleotide diversity within each population and the genetic distances between the populations.’
    • ‘Grazing promotes species diversity, which is desired.’
    • ‘Management to increase the genetic diversity of the population should, therefore, be considered.’
    • ‘Organizers aim to demonstrate that species diversity even exists in the center of one the world's largest cities.’
    • ‘Asexual populations thus maintain higher genetic diversity at each single locus but a lower number of different genotypes.’
    • ‘So in terms of sheer diversity, the aliens are vastly more important than the natives.’
    • ‘A smaller pool of people can mean less diversity, less variety and less dynamism.’
    • ‘It lies in encouraging people to cherish diversity instead of fearing it.’
    • ‘The continental enlargement of the Union will deepen its pre-existing diversity.’
    • ‘They hoped to use their time today to talk about ways of promoting cultural diversity and social inclusion.’
    • ‘We are all part of a sustainable industry, rich in diversity, with a unique blend of assets.’
    • ‘The brief argued against the idea that racial diversity on a campus is linked to positive educational outcomes.’
    • ‘When the forest disappears, so too will Indonesia's rich biological diversity be effected and disappear forever.’
    1. 1.1in singular A range of different things.
      ‘newspapers were obliged to allow a diversity of views to be printed’
      • ‘A very striking difference is evident in the diversities of different colony-forms in cyclostomes and cheilostomes.’
      • ‘Marginal diversities are almost identical to partial contributions.’
      • ‘The continent's rich linguistic diversity has been poorly explored, developed, and sanctioned.’
      • ‘Important contributions to the project will also come from volunteers passionate about Earth's diversity of life.’
      • ‘Human diversities are widely plural and their histories complex.’
      • ‘I mean, how could travelling reveal to you the diversities of home?’
      • ‘The diversities of their colors, textures, and shapes offer gardeners a wonderful opportunity to be creative.’
      • ‘Now debate has virtually disappeared, and there isn't much diversity of opinion.’
      • ‘The genetic diversities of three nuclear genes, MC1R, TYR, and GPIP, were also investigated.’
      • ‘People who reflect the wide diversity which exists in modern-day Scotland are needed for this vital work.’
      • ‘India is a land of the greatest diversities and infinite varieties.’
      • ‘Second is the breaking up of media conglomerates, which stifles diversity of opinion.’
      • ‘For nobody can claim to represent all the diversities of the state.’
      • ‘In other words, we frequently fail to parse the diversities within Diversity.’
      • ‘Smart teachers and principals have carefully constructed hybrid classrooms and schools that reflect the diversities of children.’
      • ‘He strongly believes that a diversity of viewpoints will strengthen CalCPA, not weaken it.’
      • ‘Evidence of the vast diversities the party contained within itself were strewn across the country.’
      • ‘Government media must enjoy editorial independence and be open to a diversity of viewpoints.’
      • ‘Elected officials represent a great diversity of cultures and interests.’
      • ‘But that's why we have diversities of view and opinions.’
      variety, miscellany, assortment, mixture, mix, melange, range, array, medley, multiplicity
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Middle English: from Old French diversite, from Latin diversitas, from diversus ‘diverse’, past participle of divertere ‘turn aside’ (see divert).