Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give variety to; vary: diversify a menu.
  • transitive v. To extend (business activities) into disparate fields.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • intransitive v. To spread out activities or investments, especially in business.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make diverse or various in form or quality; to give variety to; to variegate; to distinguish by numerous differences or aspects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make diverse or various in form or quality; to give variety to; to variegate; to distinguish by numerous differences or aspects.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make diverse or various in form or qualities; give variety or diversity to: as, to diversify the colors of a fabric; mountains, plains, trees, and lakes diversify the landscape; to diversify labor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make (more) diverse
  • v. spread into new habitats and produce variety or variegate
  • v. vary in order to spread risk or to expand

Etymologies

Middle English diversifien, from Old French diversifier, from Medieval Latin dīversificāre : Latin dīversus; see diverse + Latin -ficāre, -fy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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