American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To give variety to; vary: diversify a menu.
- v. To extend (business activities) into disparate fields.
- 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.
- v. To spread out activities or investments, especially in business.
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.
- v. transitive To make diverse or various in form or quality; to give variety to; to variegate; to distinguish by numerous differences or aspects.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make diverse or various in form or quality; to give variety to; to variegate; to distinguish by numerous differences or aspects.
- v. make (more) diverse
- v. spread into new habitats and produce variety or variegate
- v. vary in order to spread risk or to expand
- 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)
“Now, in terms of the United States, I objected to your term 'diversify away' because we don't want to see a diminishing of trade with the United States.”
“In fact, most people who hear the phrase diversify their income portfolio options start to frown as their brains go to work trying to figure out exactly what was just said.”
“For most small investors, the ability to diversify is a primary advantage of index funds.”
“The advice to diversify is based upon the usual equi-marginal rule – - if you find yourself with a higher marginal utility in one state of nature than the other, you want to keep transferring wealth until this “utility arbitrage” disappears.”
“The word diversify, the word scares some folks off.”
“For Sacyr -- which builds bridges, luxury resorts, apartments, malls and highways -- investing in Eiffage was a big part of its strategy to diversify from the Spanish real-estate sector, which had been booming and is now slumping.”
“A simple way to diversify is to buy shares in a stock mutual fund.”
“One way to diversify is to open up the temperature conditions under which life can exist, and that's what the extremophiles do.”
“In his testimony, Coates said Schlozman was merely trying to "diversify" the division.”
“If I were a Chinese treasury mandarin, just reading that you are advising printing money would cause me to "diversify" a fistful of billions dollars more into euros.”
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