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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The Leroy Sane saga continues to roll on and, though the latest reports (a 90min exclusive) show the youngster is open to a move, with or without his arrival, other options are needed, and Mandzukic's versatility up front is seen as a major weapon., "Mario Mandzukic Drawing Interest From Bundesliga Rivals as Juventus Seek €15m for Veteran Forward," 10 July 2019 Will the Giants try to maximize Austin Slater‘s versatility? Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "San Francisco Giants: 25 big questions for 25 players at the All-Star break," 10 July 2019 Factors that went into this ranking include not only on-field production but leadership, versatility and indispensability. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Counting down the most valuable Arizona Wildcats for 2019 football season," 9 July 2019 The Cavs feel Sexton showed enough versatility to handle either role. Chris Fedor,, "Collin Sexton ‘excited’ to team up with Darius Garland, believes they can be one of NBA’s better backcourts," 3 July 2019 Many observers, hoping for more spacing and versatility, might prefer Horford as a center, Harris as a power forward and Richardson as a small forward. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "76ers emerge from inventive free agency as true contenders," 3 July 2019 Ford’s versatility could work well in Bell’s offense, with the sophomore working out at wide receiver as well as tailback during the spring. Matt Murschel,, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 53 USF pushes to jump-start offense," 3 July 2019 This same lower bed can also be used in a sofa position or even be removed completely to keep the van’s gear hauling versatility. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van sleeps 7 with lift-away beds," 26 June 2019 Muncy, who has started games at first, second and third base this season, brings them far more than versatility. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Xander Bogaerts, Max Muncy among the biggest MLB All-Star Game snubs," 26 June 2019

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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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