September 27, 2012
- diverse (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- : differing from one another : unlike
- How do you use it?
- Libraries have books on many subjects so that people with diverse interests can find something they'll like.
- Are you a word wiz?
"Diverse" comes from the Latin word "divertere." What do you think "divertere" means?If you chose C from among the diverse answers, then you chose correctly! "Divertere" means "to turn in opposite directions." It's also the source of the word "divert," the most common meaning of which is "to turn aside or turn from one course or use to another." But that's not where the story ends. "Divertere" was formed by combining the prefix "dis-," meaning "away, apart," and "vertere," meaning "to turn." "Vertere" gave us a number of other English words as well, among them "universe," "version," "controversy," and "anniversary."