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adjective versatile pronunciation in British English /ˈvɜː(r)sətaɪl/
  1. 1
    able to be used in many different ways

    This versatile summer jacket is a great buy.

  2. 2
    having a wide range of different skills and abilities

    Baldwin was a very versatile writer.

    one of the cinema’s most versatile and sought-after actors

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 versatile pronunciation in British English /ˌvɜː(r)səˈtɪləti/ noun [uncountable]


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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