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 Dictionary entry overview: What does versatile mean? 

VERSATILE (adjective)
  The adjective VERSATILE has 4 senses:

1. having great diversity or variety
2. changeable or inconstant
3. competent in many areas and able to turn with ease from one thing to another
4. able to move freely in all directions

  Familiarity information: VERSATILE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

VERSATILE (adjective)

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Having great diversity or variety


versatile; various

Context examples:

his various achievements are impressive / his vast and versatile erudition


varied (characterized by variety)

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Changeable or inconstant

Context example:

versatile moods


variable (liable to or capable of change)

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Competent in many areas and able to turn with ease from one thing to another

Context example:

a versatile writer


skilled (having or showing or requiring special skill)

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Able to move freely in all directions

Context examples:

an owl's versatile toe can move backward and forward / an insect's versatile antennae can move up and down or laterally / a versatile anther of a flower moves freely in the wind


mobile (moving or capable of moving readily (especially from place to place))

Domain category:

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)

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