versatility

noun

ver·​sa·​til·​i·​ty ˌvər-sə-ˈti-lə-tē How to pronounce versatility (audio)
: the quality or state of being versatile
a writer of great versatility

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The pick is removable, adding more versatility to its use for those who want to use it easier hikes as well. Chris Meehan, Popular Mechanics, 26 Jan. 2023 The ability to switch between Mac and Windows layouts offers more versatility and full support for macOS media keys means seasoned Mac users will feel immediately at home. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 23 Jan. 2023 The strap is available in either black rubber or anthracite fabric to give collectors a little more versatility. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 18 Jan. 2023 Some consumers have been reluctant to make the shift to electric stoves given the cost of higher-end induction stoves, which offer more versatility that traditional electric ranges. Shannon Osaka, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Jan. 2023 Cole Haan, known for its stylish separates and dress shoes, the brand has a pair of low-top sneakers that will add more versatility to anyone's wardrobe. Jacorey Moon, Men's Health, 21 Nov. 2022 Justin Jefferson remains one of the best receivers in football, Kirk Cousins has been serviceable and Dalvin Cook offers versatility with his ability to catch out of the backfield. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 7 Nov. 2022 Having a deeper group of post players allows the Georgia native to move around the court more and add versatility to her skill set. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 4 Nov. 2022 Improvements to the second unit — spearheaded by the additions of center Andre Drummond and guard Goran Dragić — have given the Bulls more versatility this season. Julia Poe, Chicago Tribune, 1 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

versatile + -ity

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of versatility was in 1668

Dictionary Entries Near versatility

Cite this Entry

“Versatility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/versatility. Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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