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ˈvɜr sə tl; esp. Brit. -ˌtaɪlver·sa·tile

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. versatile, variousadjective

    having great diversity or variety

    "his various achievements are impressive"; "his vast and versatile erudition"

  2. versatileadjective

    changeable or inconstant

    "versatile moods"

  3. versatileadjective

    competent in many areas and able to turn with ease from one thing to another

    "a versatile writer"

  4. versatileadjective

    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"


  1. versatileadjective

    Capable of doing many things competently.

  2. versatileadjective

    Having varied uses or many functions.

  3. versatileadjective

    Changeable or inconstant.

  4. versatileadjective

    Capable of moving freely in all directions.

  5. Etymology: From versatilis, from versatus, past participle of verso, frequentative of verto.


  1. versatile

    Versatile refers to the ability or capacity to adapt or be adapted to many different functions, roles, or activities. It can describe an individual, object, or system that can easily adjust to various situations, conditions, or uses. It often connotes flexibility, adaptability, and multifunctionality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Versatileadjective

    capable of being turned round

  2. Versatileadjective

    liable to be turned in opinion; changeable; variable; unsteady; inconstant; as versatile disposition

  3. Versatileadjective

    turning with ease from one thing to another; readily applied to a new task, or to various subjects; many-sided; as, versatile genius; a versatile politician

  4. Versatileadjective

    capable of turning; freely movable; as, a versatile anther, which is fixed at one point to the filament, and hence is very easily turned around; a versatile toe of a bird

  5. Etymology: [L. versatilis, fr. versare to turn around, v. freq. of vertere: cf. F. versatile. See Verse.]


  1. Versatile

    Versatile is a Canadian brand of agricultural equipment that has produced augers, swathers and combine harvester. In the 1970s, it was an independent operation, founded by Peter Pakosh and Roy Robinson, that had 70% of the 4WD tractor market and then was later owned by Ford and Fiat's New Holland, spun off when Case-International merged with New Holland to form CNH Global. Versatile was the first company to mass-produce articulated four-wheel drive tractors, starting in 1966 with the D100 and G100 four-wheel drives. Those ground-breaking tractors were primitive by modern standards, with a 6-cylinder diesel or 8-cylinder gas engine producing 100 horsepower. 1966 models sold for less than CA$10,000. Daniel Pakosh also developed the first bi-directional tractor in the world. The Versatile 150 launched in 1977. Four-wheel drive demand increased significantly, with Versatile becoming one of the leaders in four-wheel drive development and production. By the late 1970s the Versatile lineup included tractors ranging from 220 to 330 horsepower. With the 1980s came an expanded line of four-wheel drive tractors that stretched to 470 horsepower in the Versatile 1150. On November 1, 2007, Combine manufacturer Rostselmash Inc. acquired 80% of the common shares of Versatile and it was announced that the Versatile brand name will again be the sole name associated with the tractor division.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Versatile

    ver′sa-til, adj. capable of being moved or turned round: changeable: unsteady: turning easily from one thing to another: (bot.) swinging freely on a support: (ornith.) reversible, of toes.—adv. Ver′satilely.—ns. Ver′satileness, Versatil′ity, the quality of being versatile: changeableness: the faculty of turning easily to new tasks or subjects. [Fr.,—L. versatilisversāre, freq. of vertĕre, to turn.]

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  1. Versatile

    moving freely in every direction.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of versatile in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of versatile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of versatile in a Sentence

  1. Matt Bellina:

    I’m not trying to sugar-coat it. This disease is actually really bad, horrible. It tears families apart and is killing veterans at an alarming rate, we’re much more … versatile than we think we are, resilient, and we don’t really find out until we have to.

  2. Spencer Little:

    That gap is closing quite quickly, and we're expecting that trend to continue to be driven by the smaller, compact SUVs, they're more versatile - families love them. Their price is lower, they're smaller than the larger SUV models but still roomy.

  3. Erik Pevernagie:

    Life is a game one has got to play. It can be a very versatile performance, though. We have to find out, how we would like to take part in the game and what role we wish to play. By discovering what we want to achieve, we try to give significance to our life. In this way we understand how we see ourselves and can realize if we actually own our life or if it is ruled by other people. ("Life untitled" )

  4. British Prime Minister David Cameron:

    The Chinook support contract represents significant value for money for what is a very capable and versatile support helicopter, protecting UK interests at home and abroad, this will sustain 450 jobs and save the taxpayer over 150 million pounds.

  5. Salman Aziz:

    Don't remain stereotype. Be versatile.

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  • متعدد الجوانبArabic
  • versàtilCatalan, Valencian
  • versatil, bewandt, beweglich, vielseitig, wendig, wandlungsfähig, gewandtGerman
  • πολύπλευροςGreek
  • versátilSpanish
  • همه کارهPersian
  • muuttuvainen, vaihteleva, monipuolinenFinnish
  • versatile, polyvalentFrench
  • ildánachIrish
  • so-hyndaaManx
  • बहुमुखीHindi
  • sokoldalúHungarian
  • versatileItalian
  • versatileLatin
  • multiverseel, handig, versatiel, wispelturig, capricieus, veranderlijk, veelzijdig, pluriformDutch
  • uniwersalny, wielofunkcyjny, wersatylny, wszechstronnyPolish
  • pivotant, multilateral, inconstant, versatilRomanian
  • изме́нчивый, подви́жный, непостоя́нный, многофункциона́льный, разносторо́ннийRussian
  • föränderlig, behändig, belevad, kvick, mångsidig, piggSwedish
  • బహుముఖTelugu
  • değişken, becerikli, çok amaçlı, elinden her iş gelenTurkish
  • بہمھیUrdu
  • 多才多藝Chinese

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