Definition of "diversify" []

  • To give variety to; vary: diversify a menu. (verb-transitive)
  • To extend (business activities) into disparate fields. (verb-transitive)
  • 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. (verb-transitive)
  • To spread out activities or investments, especially in business. (verb-intransitive)
  • To create different forms of; variegate; vary (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of an enterprise) to vary (products, operations, etc) in order to spread risk, expand, etc (verb)
  • To distribute (investments) among several securities in order to spread risk (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "diversify" in a sentence
  • "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."