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ver·sa·tile

 (vûr′sə-təl, -tīl′)
adj.
1. Capable of doing many things competently.
2. Having varied uses or serving many functions: "The most versatile of vegetables is the tomato" (Craig Claiborne).
3. Variable or inconstant; changeable: a versatile temperament.
4. Biology Capable of moving freely in all directions, as the loosely attached anthers of certain flowers.

[Latin versātilis, from versātus, past participle of versāre, to turn; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

ver′sa·tile·ly adv.
ver′sa·til′i·ty (-tĭl′ĭ-tē), ver′sa·tile·ness (-təl-nĭs, -tīl′-) n.

versatile

(ˈvɜːsəˌtaɪl)
adj
1. capable of or adapted for many different uses, skills, etc
2. variable or changeable
3. (Botany) botany (of an anther) attached to the filament by a small area so that it moves freely in the wind
4. (Zoology) zoology able to turn forwards and backwards: versatile antennae.
[C17: from Latin versātilis moving around, from versāre to turn]
ˈversaˌtilely adv
versatility, versatileness n

ver•sa•tile

(ˈvɜr sə tl; esp. Brit. -ˌtaɪl)

adj.
1. capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavor, etc.
2. having or capable of many uses or applications: a versatile tool.
3. Bot. attached at or near the middle so as to swing freely, as an anther.
4. Zool. turning either forward or backward: a versatile toe.
5. variable or changeable, as in feeling, purpose, or policy.
[1595–1605; < Latin versātilis revolving =versā(re), frequentative of vertere to turn + -tilis -tile]
ver′sa•tile•ly, adv.
ver`sa•til′i•ty, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.versatile - having great diversity or varietyversatile - having great diversity or variety; "his various achievements are impressive"; "his vast and versatile erudition"
varied - characterized by variety; "immigrants' varied ethnic and religious traditions"; "his work is interesting and varied"
2.versatile - changeable or inconstant; "versatile moods"
variable - liable to or capable of change; "rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable"; "variable winds"; "variable expenses"
3.versatile - competent in many areas and able to turn with ease from one thing to anotherversatile - competent in many areas and able to turn with ease from one thing to another; "a versatile writer"
skilled - having or showing or requiring special skill; "only the most skilled gymnasts make an Olympic team"; "a skilled surgeon has many years of training and experience"; "a skilled reconstruction of her damaged elbow"; "a skilled trade"
4.versatile - able to move freely in all directions; "an owl's versatile toe can move backward and forward"; "an insect's versatile antennae can move up and down or laterally"; "a versatile anther of a flower moves freely in the wind"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
mobile - moving or capable of moving readily (especially from place to place); "a mobile missile system"; "the tongue is...the most mobile articulator"

versatile

adjective
1. adaptable, flexible, all-round, resourceful, protean, multifaceted, many-sided, all-singing, all-dancing He stood out as one of the game's most versatile athletes.
adaptable limited, fixed, inflexible, unadaptable, one-sided
2. all-purpose, handy, functional, variable, adjustable, all-singing, all-dancing a versatile piece of equipment
all-purpose limited

versatile

adjective
Having many aspects, uses, or abilities:
Translations
مُتَعَدِّد الإسْتِعمالاتمُتَعَدِّدُ الـجَوَانِبمُتَعَدِّد المؤهلات
mnohostrannýuniverzálnívšestranný
alsidigmed mange anvendelsesmuligheder
monipuolinen
svestran
fjölhæfurfjölnota
多方面の
다재다능한
įvairiapusisįvairiapusiškumas
daudzfunkciju-daudzpusīgsplaša pielietojuma-universāls
multilateralversatil
mångsidig
ซึ่งมีประโยชน์หลายอย่าง
çok yönlüçok kullanışlı
đa tài

versatile

[ˈvɜːsətaɪl] ADJ [person] → polifacético, versátil; [material] → versátil, que se presta a usos distintos
eggs are very versatilelos huevos dan mucho juego

versatile

[ˈvɜːrsətaɪl] adj
[person] → polyvalent(e)
[machine, tool, material] → polyvalent(e)
[food] → aux nombreux modes de préparation

versatile

adjvielseitig; he has a very versatile minder ist geistig sehr flexibel

versatile

[ˈvɜːsəˌtaɪl] adj (person) → versatile; (machine, tool) → multiusi inv

versatile

(ˈvəːsətail) adjective
1. (of people etc) able to turn easily and successfully from one task, activity or occupation to another. a versatile entertainer; He will easily get another job – he is so versatile.
2. (of a material etc) capable of being used for many purposes. a versatile tool.
ˌversaˈtility (-ˈti-) noun

versatile

مُتَعَدِّدُ الـجَوَانِب mnohostranný alsidig vielseitig πολύπλευρος versátil monipuolinen polyvalent svestran versatile 多方面の 다재다능한 veelzijdig allsidig wszechstronny versátil универсальный mångsidig ซึ่งมีประโยชน์หลายอย่าง çok yönlü đa tài 多才多艺的

versatile

a. versátil, polivalente; que tiene una variedad de aplicaciones.
References in classic literature ?
A versatile and entertaining companion, by turns prosperous and impecunious, and an optimist always, Gardiner Hubbard became a really indispensable factor as the first advance agent of the telephone business.
But it soon appeared that Marnoo's powers were as versatile as they were extraordinary.
Manicamp was engaged in devoted attendance on the princess, who already treated him without reserve, on account of his versatile fancy, his frank courtesy of manner, and conciliatory disposition.
For so Livy (after he had described Cato Major in these words, In illo viro tantum robur corporis et animi fuit, ut quocunque loco natus esset, fortunam sibi facturus videretur) falleth upon that, that he had versatile ingenium.
Among our body count we the versatile and talented Ugolino; the justly celebrated Rodolpho; the gifted and accomplished Roderigo; the management have spared neither pains nor expense--"
I would never give way to that; I was always versatile.
16] versatile master of English--happily not yet included in Mr.
The orchestra played negro melodies and a versatile drummer pounded, whacked, clattered and scratched on a dozen machines to make noise.
Remember, also, that your law is the stuff of a day, and that you are not versatile in the stuff of more than a day.
All these facts show that it is a bird of very versatile habits and considerable ingenuity.
1803-1873), was almost incredibly fluent and versatile.
One had not to be a cricketer oneself to appreciate his perfect command of pitch and break, his beautifully easy action, which never varied with the varying pace, his great ball on the leg-stump--his dropping head-ball--in a word, the infinite ingenuity of that versatile attack.

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