- Suitable for any or many different uses or functions.
- Having multiple capabilities or uses.
20th century: from all + purpose.
- An all-purpose knife is useful for many different cutting tasks in the kitchen.
- An all-purpose cleaning spray can be used on a variety of surfaces.
- All-purpose flour can be used for baking a variety of baked goods.
- An all-purpose athletic shoe can be used for many different types of physical activity.
- An all-purpose tool kit includes a variety of tools for many different types of tasks.