ver·​sa·​til·​i·​ty | \ ˌvər-sə-ˈti-lə-tē How to pronounce versatility (audio) \

Definition of versatility

: the quality or state of being versatile a writer of great versatility

Examples of versatility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The senior hitter showed off her versatility and ability to attack from multiple angles with 31 kills, 16 digs, six aces and two block assists as the Beacons split two matches. Star Tribune, "Prep athletes of the week: Champlin Park safety DJ Myles makes presence present," 19 Oct. 2020 Talent, versatility and championship experience extended throughout the Storm’s deep roster. Gina Mizell, New York Times, "Seattle Storm Win the W.N.B.A. Championship," 6 Oct. 2020 His offensive versatility and defensive ability to guard multiple positions greatly helped Denver come back from 3-1 holes against Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Report: Phoenix Suns expected to show interest in potential free agent Jerami Grant," 3 Oct. 2020 When Auburn signed him in December, Malzahn gushed about his versatility and athleticism at that size, noting how his high school used him as the Wildcat quarterback, as a running back and split him out wide as a receiver to catch slants and fades. Tom Green |, al, "Auburn tight ends Brandon Frazier, J.J. Pegues showing they aren’t ‘normal freshmen’," 18 Sep. 2020 With four starters, including a pair of defenders, out due to injuries, Ziel’s versatility proved valuable. Cj Peters,, "Girls soccer notes: Versatile senior Kayla Ziel’s shift to defense looks prescient for Munster in key conference win," 16 Sep. 2020 Lastly, thanks to its versatility and convenience, BEACHBELL is a great tool for personal trainers who want to help individual clients or entire teams make the most of their time on the sand. Popular Science, "These portable and adjustable kettlebells are perfect for beach workouts," 13 Sep. 2020 The loss of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy to a season-ending quad injury certainly hurts, but Tyrone Crawford’s versatility eases the pain a bit. John Owning, Dallas News, "Projecting the Dallas Cowboys’ 53-man roster and practice squad," 4 Sep. 2020 This versatility and talent made an entire industry take notice. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Chadwick Boseman Was the Definition of a Hero," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of versatility

1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for versatility

versatile + -ity

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The first known use of versatility was in 1668

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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Versatility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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ver·​sa·​til·​i·​ty | \ ˌvər-sə-ˈti-lə-tē How to pronounce versatility (audio) \

Kids Definition of versatility

: the quality or state of having many uses or being able to do many different kinds of things

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