‘Diverse‘ has the same meaning as ‘various’ or ‘varied’ but it can be used a little differently. For example both ‘various’ and ‘diverse’ can be used as adjectives, but only ‘diverse’ can be used as a noun – ‘diversity.’
- A diverse range of paintings is on display at the art gallery.
- I like a restaurant menu that is limited and coherent. If there is too much diversity in cooking styles, they tend not to do anything well.
Collocations: When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
a diverse range, should diversify, diversity of
edition of, new edition, third edition, editor of, editorial about, edited by
enhancement of, enhance by
heritage estate, large estate
Note that different collocations can have quite different meanings. They are not always alternatives.
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Complete the sentences below with the correct form of the word.
- The company, Just Jeans, ______________ and started to include shirts and accessories. (diverse/diversified / diversification)
- I’m not sure how to teach maths to young children; that isn’t really my _______________. (domain / domains)
- Did you read today’s _______________ in the newspaper? It was quite savage in its analysis of the run up to the American election. (edit / editor / editorial)
- Musicians often wear make up to _______________ their eyes. (enhance / enhances / enhancement)
- She inherited several large _______________ . (estate / estates)
Answers (in the wrong order below)
5. estates 3. editorial 2. domain 1. diversified 4. enhance