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 versatility of Carolina Panthers rookie Rashaan Gaulden (28) could pay dividends in 2018, especially early. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Most exciting position battle at Panthers' 2018 training camp fueled by competition," 11 July 2018 The central reason hinges on the versatility of RNA, a very long molecule that plays a multitude of essential roles in all existing forms of life. Jack Szostak, Scientific American, "How Did Life Begin?," 8 May 2018 That highly varied and high-profile list demonstrates the versatility of Inpro’s products that is helping the company in its efforts to transform, evolve and expand. Jessica Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Inpro’s obsessions pay large dividends," 4 May 2018 Bettcher said the Giants' defense would reflect the versatility of Collins. Mark Inabinett,, "Giants' new defensive coordinator plans to showcase Landon Collins' versatility," 5 Apr. 2018 The 6-4, 256-pounder's versatility could prove critical, though there might be growing pains given he was only a one-year starter. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Cowboys training camp questions: Who steps up at receiver for Dak Prescott?," 12 July 2018 Dodgers’ versatility allows them to pursue a number of positions. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 The versatility that some smart locks offer (the Schlage Sense, for instance, can be accessed via phone app, code or key) opens your home up to a new breed of hackers and cyber-lock pickers. Joshua Fruhlinger, WSJ, "Is It Smart to Install a Smart Lock?," 11 July 2018 Thunderbolt 3 ports provide more versatility than USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 ports do. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Picking the right Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C dock for your desk," 3 July 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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