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

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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

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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 \

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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