- The definition of versatile is having many uses.
An example of versatile is the ability of a Kitchen Aid mixer with many attachments.
versatile definition by Webster's New World
- competent in many things; able to turn easily from one subject or occupation to another; many-sided
- adaptable to many uses or functions
- that can be turned or moved around, as on a hinge or pivot
- fickle; inconstant
- Bot. turning about freely on the filament to which it is attached, as an anther
- moving forward or backward, as the toes of a bird
- movable in any direction, as the antenna of an insect
Origin: French ; from Classical Latin versatilis, that turns around, movable, versatile ; from versatus, past participle of versare, to turn often, frequentative of vertere, to turn: see verse
versatile definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Capable of doing many things competently.
- Having varied uses or serving many functions: “The most versatile of vegetables is the tomato” (Craig Claiborne).
- Variable or inconstant; changeable: a versatile temperament.
- Biology Capable of moving freely in all directions, as the antenna of an insect, the toe of an owl, or the loosely attached anther of a flower.
Origin: Latin versātilis, from versātus, past participle of versāre, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- verˈsa·tile·ly adverb
- verˌsa·tilˈi·ty , verˈsa·tile·ness noun