Versatile meaning

vûrsə-təl, -tīl
Having varied uses or serving many functions.
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Capable of doing many things competently.
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Variable or inconstant; changeable.

A versatile temperament.

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Capable of doing many things competently.
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The definition of versatile is having many uses.

An example of versatile is the ability of a Kitchen Aid mixer with many attachments.

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(biology) Capable of moving freely in all directions, as the loosely attached anthers of certain flowers.
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(biology) Capable of moving freely in all directions, as the loosely attached anthers of certain flowers.
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Having varied uses or many functions.
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(biology) Capable of moving freely in all directions.
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Capable of doing many things competently.
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Changeable or inconstant.
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(bot.) Turning about freely on the filament to which it is attached, as an anther.
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Origin of versatile

  • Latin versātilis from versātus past participle of versāre to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin versātilis (“turning easily"), from versātus, past participle of versō (“I turn, change"), frequentative of vertō (“I turn").

    From Wiktionary