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versatile

[vur-suh-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl] /ˈvɜr sə tl or, esp. British, -ˌtaɪl/
adjective
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.
Origin of versatile
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin versātilis revolving, many-sided, equivalent to versāt(us) (past participle of versāre, frequentative of vertere to turn; see verse, -ate1) + -ilis -ile
Related forms
versatilely, adverb
versatility, versatileness, noun
nonversatility, noun
unversatile, adjective
unversatilely, adverb
unversatileness, noun
unversatility, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. adaptable, all-around. 2. handy.
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versatile

/ˈvɜːsəˌtaɪl/
adjective
1.
capable of or adapted for many different uses, skills, etc
2.
variable or changeable
3.
(botany) (of an anther) attached to the filament by a small area so that it moves freely in the wind
4.
(zoology) able to turn forwards and backwards: versatile antennae
Derived Forms
versatilely, adverb
versatility (ˌvɜːsəˈtɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin versātilis moving around, from versāre to turn
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Word Origin and History for versatile
adj.

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).

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