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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
ANNUAL STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES
                                                                                  
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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
                      
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person * Escherich Frederic A 2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading SymbolADAMS DIVERSIFIED EQUITY FUND, INC. [ADX] 5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)__X__ Director                    _____ 10% Owner
_____ Officer (give title below)    _____ Other (specify below)
(Last)         (First)         (Middle)
ADAMS FUNDS,  500 EAST PRATT STREET, SUITE 1300
3. Statement for Issuer's Fiscal Year Ended (MM/DD/YYYY)
12/31/2021 
(Street)
BALTIMORE, MD 21202
(City)       (State)       (Zip)
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed(MM/DD/YYYY)
 
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing(Check Applicable Line)_X_ Form Filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form Filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Trans. Date 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 3. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 4)
7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 4)
Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock  12/31/2021    A  956 (1)(2)(3) A $0  4237.93  D   
Common Stock  12/31/2021    J  4234 (4) A $0  62489  D   

Table II - Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Trans. Date 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 4. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(MM/DD/YYYY)
7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned at End of Issuer's Fiscal Year
(Instr. 4)
10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 4)
11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 4)
(A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares

Explanation of Responses:
(1)  Of these shares, 382 shares accrued as dividend equivalents on 750 restricted stock units, which were granted in 2014 and deferred until 01/15/2021. The Issuer's stock traded in a range of $16.83 - $22.31 during 2021.
(2)  Of these shares, 574 accrued as dividend equivalents on deferred stock units (shares received in lieu of director retainer fees). The Issuer's stock traded in a range of $16.83 - $22.31 during 2021.
(3)  A fractional share in the amount of 0.25 was issued as part of DSU's (granted in lieu of a 2014 deferred cash retainer) & DE shares earned. The fractional share was surrendered as non-transferrable to a registered account.
(4)  These shares were acquired in exempt transactions as a result of dividend reinvestment. In addition, a fractional share in the amount of 0.548 was sold on 04/27/2021 as a result of a transfer of the securities from a registered account to a brokerage account. The Issuer's stock traded in a range of $16.83 - $22.31 during 2021.

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
Escherich Frederic A
ADAMS FUNDS
500 EAST PRATT STREET, SUITE 1300
BALTIMORE, MD 21202
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Signatures
Gail L. Valenti as Attorney-in-Fact for Frederic A. Escherich 2/11/2022
**Signature of Reporting Person Date
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