versatility

noun
ver·​sa·​til·​i·​ty | \ ˌvər-sə-ˈti-lə-tē \

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 beige overload of the Spring 2019 collections proved the color’s versatility, with brands such as Burberry, Loewe, and The Row all offering takes on how to wear tan from head to toe. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Takes Beige Beyond the Basics," 31 Jan. 2019 Oprea loves Tabata sequences, in general, for their fun factor, versatility, effectiveness, and low time commitment. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Legs Anywhere With This 4-Minute Circuit From Carrie Underwood’s Trainer," 3 Jan. 2019 With their sleek designs and versatility, there’s good reason to give the new wall-to-wall carpeting a chance. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Poll: Is Carpet The Unsung Hero Of The Design World?," 19 Dec. 2018 The Steelers drafted Bell with the 48th overall pick five years ago, won over by his youth, size and versatility. Will Graves, The Seattle Times, "Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell refuses to sign tag, out for 2018," 14 Nov. 2018 Pacers Summer League coach Steve Gansey praised Sumner’s versatility earlier this week. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Healthy Edmond Sumner hoping to take advantage of Summer League," 4 July 2018 This versatility makes the fleet endlessly adaptable. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Should the U.S. Navy Turn Merchant Ships into Floating Missile Magazines?," 10 Jan. 2019 The plane’s versatility combined with Fortnite’s already expansive armory means there are a wealth of killing possibilities, many of which the developers may have never imagined. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite adds planes and now people are playing it like Battlefield," 6 Dec. 2018 No other wine can boast such happiness and versatility in a bottle. Kristin Tice Studeman, Vogue, "The Best Wine for Every Thanksgiving Scenario," 19 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'versatility.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of versatility

1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for versatility

versatile + -ity

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about versatility

Share versatility

Dictionary Entries near versatility

versal

versant

versatile

versatility

versation

vers de société

verse

Statistics for versatility

Last Updated

10 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for versatility

The first known use of versatility was in 1668

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for versatility

versatility

noun
ver·​sa·​til·​i·​ty | \ ˌvər-sə-ˈti-lə-tē \

Kids Definition of versatility

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on versatility

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with versatility

Spanish Central: Translation of versatility

Nglish: Translation of versatility for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of versatility for Arabic Speakers

Comments on versatility

What made you want to look up versatility? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the perfect form or example of something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!