Definition of versatile in English:

versatile

Line breaks: ver¦sa|tile
Pronunciation: /ˈvəːsətʌɪl
 
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adjective

1Able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities: a versatile sewing machine he was versatile enough to play on either wing
More example sentences
  • Professional armies were expected to be versatile enough to adapt as needed to the enemies they faced.
  • The plant's flexibility in product selection makes it versatile enough for many different types of contractors.
  • Despite large scale poaching, the versatile cat adapts well to a changing environment, as can be seen in its growing population.
Synonyms
adaptable, flexible, all-round, multifaceted, multitalented, many-sided, resourceful, protean; adjustable, variable, convertible, alterable, modifiable, multipurpose, all-purpose, handy
rare polytropic, flexile
2 archaic Changeable; inconstant.

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense 'inconstant, fluctuating'): from French, or from Latin versatilis, from versat- 'turned about, revolved', from the verb versare, frequentative of vertere 'to turn'.

Derivatives

versatilely

adverb
More example sentences
  • Ferguson has demanded this versatilely from his players before.
  • Agiecut Progress 2 is the most versatilely employable machine tool for our application requirement.
  • It also provides three-tier analysis structure to versatilely anatomize flow, packets and payload.

versatility

Pronunciation: /-ˈtɪlɪti/
noun
More example sentences
  • It is this versatility of the master that those who have gathered at the Changampuzha Park expect to learn.
  • It is a measure of the versatility and unique ability of the Dublin panel that the same players played in both games.
  • Hicks also played the gravedigger and one of the travelling actors in the play within a play, with skilful versatility.

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Pronunciation: ˈapəzɪt
adjective
apt in the circumstances or relation to something