Definition of versatile in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvəːsətʌɪl/


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.
adaptable, flexible, all-round, multifaceted, multitalented, multiskilled, many-sided, resourceful, protean;
adjustable, variable, convertible, alterable, modifiable, multipurpose, all-purpose, handy
rare polytropic, flexile
2 archaic Changeable; inconstant.



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.


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'.

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