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versatile

adjective uk   /ˈvɜː.sə.taɪl/ us    /ˈvɝː.sə.t̬əl/ approving
C2 able to change easily from one activity to another or able to be used for many different purposes: He's a very versatile young actor who's as happy in horror films as he is in TV comedies. A leather jacket is a timeless and versatile garment that can be worn in all seasons.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequentlyUseful or advantageous
versatility
noun [U] uk   /ˌvɜː.səˈtɪl.ɪ.ti/ us    /ˌvɝː.səˈtɪl.ə.t̬i/
ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequentlyUseful or advantageous
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