di·verse (dĭ-vûrs, dī-, dīvûrs′)
1. Differing one from another: Members of the same family can have very diverse personalities.
a. Made up of distinct characteristics, qualities, or elements: "Prague ... offers visitors a series of excursions into a rich and diverse past" (Olivier Bernier).
b. Relating to or containing people from different ethnicities and social backgrounds: a diverse workforce; a diverse curriculum.
[Middle English divers, from Old French divers, from Latin dīversus, past participle of dīvertere, to divert; see DIVERT.]
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