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 His defensive versatility would make life easier on Booker, whose shot creation would keep Oladipo from having to do too much. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Indiana Pacers' Victor Oladipo 'realistic' trade option for Phoenix Suns?," 5 July 2020 As her game has grown, so has her versatility and her defensive ability. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, "North Judson star, one of state's top 2021 girls basketball prospects makes college decision," 3 July 2020 New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is regarded as one of the brightest play-callers in the game and has displayed great creativity and versatility in his schemes. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Cam Newton agrees to one-year deal with New England Patriots, per reports," 29 June 2020 The Billy Beane/David Forst/Bob Melvin crew has been big on mix-and-match, move players around, emphasize versatility, keep everyone involved and engaged. Scott Ostler,, "Giants, A’s could strike gold in this mini season," 28 June 2020 However, there was no storage option included, and the rollerball didn't seem to add much in terms of versatility and maneuvering. Deanna Pai, CNN Underscored, "The best women's razors of 2020," 26 June 2020 In the last decade, white T-shirts made the transition from simple, if sometimes expensive, wardrobe staple to sought-after It Item, one that’s more about status than comfort and versatility. Eliza Huber,, "The White Cotton Tee’s Complicated Relationship With Race In America," 24 June 2020 The Venture's real draw is the standard Yakima MegaWarrior cargo basket on its roof, which adds considerable functionality and cargo versatility. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Toyota 4Runner Venture Welcomes the Open Trail," 22 June 2020 This three-piece set of bamboo cutting boards from Farberware is a cost-effective option for equipping your entire kitchen for maximum chopping and serving versatility in one fell swoop. Popular Science, "Natural bamboo cutting boards for your kitchen," 18 June 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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7 Jul 2020

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“Versatility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 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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