I have this sentence:

John is a (versatile/diverse) football player, he can play multiple positions on the pitch.

In this context, which word should I use?

The meaning of diverse is:

showing a great deal of variety; very different.

And, the meaning of versatile is:

able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities.

They both mean that somebody is good at doing a variety of different tasks.

For this context, which word (diverse or versatile) should I choose and why?

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Diverse refers to people, subjects, or ideas. Versatile refers to what a person, subject, or idea can do.

The ideas the team put forth were very diverse.


A multi-tool is versatile since it can be used for many different purposes.

For John, I would say he is a very versatile player, able to be counted on in many different positions.


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