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protean

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adjective pro·te·an \ˈprō-tē-ən, prō-ˈtē-\

Simple Definition of protean

  • : able to change into many different forms or able to do many different things

Full Definition of protean

  1. 1 :  of or resembling Proteus in having a varied nature or ability to assume different forms

  2. 2 :  displaying great diversity or variety :  versatile

Examples of protean

  1. <a protean actor who is equally comfortable with light comedy and serious drama>



1598

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1598

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