[ vur-suh-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl ]
/ ˈvɜr sə tl or, esp. British, -ˌtaɪl /
capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavor, etc.: a versatile writer.
having or capable of many uses: a versatile tool.
Botany. attached at or near the middle so as to swing freely, as an anther.
Zoology. turning either forward or backward: a versatile toe.
variable or changeable, as in feeling, purpose, or policy: versatile moods.
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Origin of versatile
ver·sa·tile·ly, adverbver·sa·til·i·ty, ver·sa·tile·ness, nounnon·ver·sa·til·i·ty, nounun·ver·sa·tile, adjective
un·ver·sa·tile·ly, adverbun·ver·sa·tile·ness, nounun·ver·sa·til·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for versatilely
/ (ˈvɜːsəˌtaɪl) /
capable of or adapted for many different uses, skills, etc
variable or changeable
botany (of an anther) attached to the filament by a small area so that it moves freely in the wind
zoology able to turn forwards and backwardsversatile antennae
Derived Formsversatilely, adverbversatility (ˌvɜːsəˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun
Word Origin for versatile
C17: from Latin versātilis moving around, from versāre to turn
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