- 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.
Origin of versatile
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- 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
Word Origin and History for versatilely
c.1600, from Latin versatilis "turning, revolving, moving, capable of turning to varied subjects or tasks," from past participle stem of versare "keep turning, be engaged in something, turn over in the mind," frequentative of vertere "to turn" (see versus).