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I have a lot of friends with the same name as me, but we're all different.

I love to swim and dive.

You might find me at a ball game, at a festival, or lying down outside.

I changed my name when I became old.

I run on the edge of a diamond

and hold court outside.

What am I?

Hint 1

I am a noun, verb, and adjective, and my noun and verb forms can be identical (conjugation).

Hint 2

I'm usually green.

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You are:

Grass

I have a lot of friends with the same name as me, but we're all different.

There are many varieties of grass

I love to swim and dive.

Blades of grass can float, and grass can grow under water

You might find me at a ball game, at a festival, or lying down outside.

Each of these are in grassy areas

I changed my name when I became old.

Seed->Bud->Grass

I run on the edge of a diamond

Grass surrounds a baseball diamond

and hold court outside.

Reference to grassy courtyards

Hint 1

Noun/Verb = Grass, Adjective = Grassy

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What am I?

A school?

I have a lot of friends with the same name as me, but we're all different.

grammar school, school of art, catholic school etc.?

I love to swim and dive.

a school of fish

You might find me at a ball game, at a festival, or lying down outside.

school ball-game, school festival, that scene from cheezy american movies about college students

I changed my name when I became old.

Nursery/pre-school > Infants/Primary > Juniors/Primary > Seniors > College/Highschool > University

I run on the edge of a diamond

Diamond school? The diamond edge model?

and hold court outside.

School court yard?

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Are you a

Play

I have a lot of friends with the same name as me, but we're all different.

There are a lot of plays: different genres like comedy, tragedy, etc.

I love to swim and dive.

Swimming and diving are sports and you can play them (crude)

You might find me at a ball game, at a festival, or lying down outside.

Plays in a ball game, plays in a festival, playing outside (crude, again)

I changed my name when I became old.

I'm not sure on this one

I run on the edge of a diamond

Reference to baseball, where the player runs at the edge of a diamond to score a run. That is considered a play.

and hold court outside.

To hold court is to play (I've seen the phrase used in tennis)

Previous answer:

Player (wrong)

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  • $\begingroup$ 2 of these answers are spot on, but the word is not right. I'll try to add a hint which helps narrow things down. $\endgroup$ – Tony Ruth Jun 5 '16 at 5:23
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Are you a

Light?

I have a lot of friends with the same name as me, but we're all different.

There are many "lights," red, blue, ultraviolet, green.

I love to swim and dive.

Many maritime vehicles, such as boats and submarines, have a green, white and red light affixed to the hull for navigation purposes. Also, traffic lights hanging from a line in the wind may "swim" or "dive."

You might find me at a ball game, at a festival, or lying down outside.

Stadium lights, festival lights, lawn lights

I changed my name when I became old.

Lights used to be known as "lamps." (I'm stretching here, maybe)

I run on the edge of a diamond

Baseball runners run on the edge of a baseball diamond, and are sometimes given the "green light" to proceed to the next base.

and hold court outside

Traffic lights have authority to make cars stop, yield, or pass freely, judging them in "traffic intersection court." :)

Hint 1

"I light the light and now my room is very light" verb, noun, adjective

Hint 2

I wouldn't say that lights are "usually" green, but there certainly are lots of green lights around: Traffic lights all have a green phase, green LEDs, metaphorically giving the "green light," etc. etc. Also, in current times, most of the lights that you buy are energy efficient, or green.

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EDITED

Are you a:

Pavillion

I have a lot of friends with the same name as me, but we're all different.

There are many names of shades similar to a pavilion, eg tent

I love to swim and dive.

Unsure

You might find me at a ball game, at a festival, or lying down outside.

-A cricket pavilion
-A pavilion at fairs/festivals -possibly an unassembled pavilion?

I changed my name when I became old.

The root of pavilion comes from papilo, which also means butterfly, hence the change/evolution to pavilion

I run on the edge of a diamond

Pavilion runs around the sides of a diamond

and hold court outside.

Unsure

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  • $\begingroup$ I like this answer a lot, but if you know what I am, it will be obvious why I changed my name. $\endgroup$ – Tony Ruth Jun 5 '16 at 5:18
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Are you a

Pitch?

I have a lot of friends with the same name as me, but we're all different.

Pitch for sound, Pitching a baseball, Pitching an idea, etc.

I love to swim and dive.

Thinking about a sound wave (waves also helps with the idea of swimming and diving), the pitch goes up and down giving the notion swimming and diving.

You might find me at a ball game, at a festival, or lying down outside.

Ball game - Pitching a baseball, Festival - Pitching a tent, Lying down outside - a football pitch is usually outdoors.

I changed my name when I became old.

Pitch is used in the UK and field is used in the US?

I run on the edge of a diamond

A baseball field is shaped like a diamond. The ball is pitched around the diamond?

and hold court outside.

Not sure about this one.

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