Adjective "versatile" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities.
  1. 'he was versatile enough to play on either wing'
  2. 'Soup is versatile enough to be eaten at every meal.'
  3. 'But they are a ride like no other and are versatile enough to be both a novice's toy and a skater's challenge.'
  4. 'Professional armies were expected to be versatile enough to adapt as needed to the enemies they faced.'
  5. 'And when content creation and experience matters, the personal computer remains a remarkably versatile tool.'
  6. 'But here's the catch: this amazingly versatile and femme fatale dress costs $150.'
  7. 'Automating backups is a simple matter using the straightforward and versatile tools provided.'
  8. 'Despite large scale poaching, the versatile cat adapts well to a changing environment, as can be seen in its growing population.'
  9. '‘They're versatile, they're tasty and they're good for you,’ she said.'
  10. 'Sarod seems a more versatile instrument adapting itself to every and any kind of raga when the brothers play it.'
  11. 'His musical instrument is versatile enough for most melodies.'
Changeable; inconstant.


    1. capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavor, etc.: a versatile writer.

    2. having or capable of many uses: a versatile tool.

    3. Botany. attached at or near the middle so as to swing freely, as an anther.

    4. Zoology. turning either forward or backward: a versatile toe.

    5. variable or changeable, as in feeling, purpose, or policy: versatile moods.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "structures can be versatile to functions."

    "people can be versatile in respects."

    "people can be versatile for goods."

    "people can be versatile by days."

    "people can be versatile as irons."

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    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’.