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ver·sa·tile  audio  (vûrs-tl, -tl) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
  1. Capable of doing many things competently.
  2. Having varied uses or serving many functions: "The most versatile of vegetables is the tomato" (Craig Claiborne).
  3. Variable or inconstant; changeable: a versatile temperament.
  4. Biology Capable of moving freely in all directions, as the antenna of an insect, the toe of an owl, or the loosely attached anther of a flower.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin verstilis, from verstus, past participle of versre, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
versa·tile·ly(Adverb), versa·tili·ty  (-tl-t) KEY  or versa·tile·ness  (-tl-ns, -tl-) KEY (Noun)

SYNONYMS:
versatile, all-around, many-sided, multifaceted, multifarious

These adjectives mean having many aspects, uses, or abilities: a versatile writer; an all-around athlete; a many-sided subject; a multifaceted undertaking; multifarious interests.


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