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

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Eventually the middle class seized the trend, recognizing its versatility and high-end look that would stand the test of time. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About The Classic Chesterfield Sofa," 26 Nov. 2018 Gigi Hadid's fall style is all about versatility and comfort. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid’s Versatile Winter Jacket Is From Mango and It’s Still Available," 20 Nov. 2018 His defensive versatility and two-way tenacity have been vital to the Blazers' hot play after the All-Star break. Joe Freeman,, "Portland Trail Blazers' Moe Harkless to have knee surgery, recovery timeline unknown," 28 Mar. 2018 Beauty Awards 2019 24 Slides There are a million reasons to love wavy hair: the easy movement, the effortless look, the versatility of all the styles loose bends lend themselves to. Glamour, "Beauty Awards: The 24 Best Wavy Hair Products of 2019," 25 Mar. 2019 Their players tend to be long and athletic, affording them the versatility to play almost positionless basketball and switch everything on defense. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Would another wing be good for the Bucks? In the modern NBA, it probably couldn't hurt.," 16 June 2018 For a busy day touring the city, think comfort meets versatility. Nicola Fumo, Town & Country, "What to Pack for an Irish Getaway," 4 Mar. 2019 The most popular carpet materials are: Nylon: Nylon is the most popular synthetic carpet material due to its durability and versatility. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Carpet Types for a Perfectly Grounded Space," 13 Feb. 2019 The mix-and-match aesthetic continues in 300 newly launching lifestyle products, which are designed for versatility. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "A Joanna Gaines Bedding Line Is Coming To Target The Day After Christmas," 22 Dec. 2018

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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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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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