di·ver·si·fy (dĭ-vûrsə-fī′, dī-)
v. di·ver·si·fied, di·ver·si·fy·ing, di·ver·si·fies
a. To give variety to; vary: diversify a menu.
b. To extend (business activities) into disparate fields.
2. To distribute (investments) among different companies or securities in order to limit losses in the event of a fall in a particular market or industry.
To spread out activities or investments, especially in business.
[Middle English diversifien, from Old French diversifier, from Medieval Latin dīversificāre : Latin dīversus; see DIVERSE + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]
di·ver′si·fi·cation (-fĭ-kāshən) n.
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