Meaning of “versatile” in the English Dictionary

"versatile" in British English

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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 highbrow dramas as he is in TV comedies.
A leather jacket is a timeless and versatile garment that can be worn in all seasons.

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  • This jacket is very versatile - you can dress it up for the evening.
  • He is a very versatile actor.
  • We want all our staff to be versatile.
  • This is a very versatile recipe - you can double the portions for a party.
  • Teachers have to be versatile to cope with different ability levels.
noun [ U ] uk /ˌvɜː.səˈtɪl.ə.ti/ us /ˌvɝː.səˈtɪl.ə.t̬i/

(Definition of “versatile” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"versatile" in American English

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us /ˈvɜr·sə·t̬əl/

(of people) able to do many different things or to adjust to new conditions, or (of things) able to be used for many different purposes:

He was a versatile guitarist, and recorded with many leading rock bands.
It is an especially versatile insecticide known to control a range of insects.
noun [ U ] us /ˌvɜr·səˈtɪl·ɪ·t̬i/

Daniels possesses the versatility to play right and left end and tackle.

(Definition of “versatile” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)