Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To give variety to; vary.
  • intransitive verb To extend (business activities) into disparate fields.
  • intransitive verb 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 verb To spread out activities or investments, especially in business.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English diversifien, from Old French diversifier, from Medieval Latin dīversificāre : Latin dīversus; see diverse + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]

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