Definition of disparate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    disparate

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈdɪspərət//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪspərət//
     
    (formal)
     
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  1. 1made up of parts or people that are very different from each other a disparate group of individuals
  2. 2(of two or more things) so different from each other that they cannot be compared or cannot work together a critical study that aims to cover such disparate forms as Anglo-Saxon poetry and the modern novel.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin disparatus ‘separated’, from the verb disparare, from dis- ‘apart’ + parare ‘to prepare’; influenced in sense by Latin dispar ‘unequal’.Extra examples It’s an ambitious book that tries to cover such disparate forms as Anglo-Saxon poetry and the modern novel. The aim was to bring disparate information sources into one easy-to-use database. The machine can keep the disparate parts of the system coordinated. When he took over, the party was composed of disparate reactionary groups.
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