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verb \ˈwərth\

Definition of worth


  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  become —usually used in the phrase woe worth

Origin of worth

Middle English, from Old English weorthan; akin to Old High German werdan to become, Latin vertere to turn, Lithuanian versti to overturn, Sanskrit vartate he turns

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with worth




Definition of worth

  1. 1 archaic :  having monetary or material value

  2. 2 archaic :  estimable

for all one is worth
  1. :  to the fullest extent of one's value or ability

Origin of worth

Middle English, from Old English weorth worthy, of (a specified) value; akin to Old High German werd worthy, worth

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of worth

  • : an amount of something that has a specified value, that lasts for a specified length of time, etc.

  • : the amount of money that something is worth

  • : usefulness or importance

Full Definition of worth

  1. 1 a :  monetary value <farmhouse and lands of little worth> b :  the equivalent of a specified amount or figure <a dollar's worth of gas>

  2. 2 :  the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held <a literary heritage of great worth>

  3. 3 a :  moral or personal value <trying to teach human worth> b :  merit, excellence <a field in which we have proved our worth>

  4. 4 :  wealth, riches

Examples of worth

  1. A diamond's worth is determined partly by its cut and clarity.

  2. The worth of the stocks has increased.

  3. The furniture was of little worth since it was in such bad condition.

  4. He has proved his worth to the team.

  5. The book has proved its worth by saving me hundreds of dollars.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of worth

before 12th century




Simple Definition of worth

  • —used to indicate the value of something

  • : having money and possessions equal in value to (an amount)

  • : good, valuable, or important enough for (something) : deserving of (something)

Full Definition of worth

  1. 1 a :  equal in value to b :  having assets or income equal to

  2. 2 :  deserving of <well worth the effort>

worth one's salt
  1. :  of substantial or significant value or merit

Examples of worth

  1. an actor worth several million dollars

  2. The corporation is worth billions of dollars.

  3. A carefully written cover letter and resume is worth the effort.

  4. It takes a long time to get a table at the restaurant, but the food is well worth the wait.

  5. The movie was good, but I didn't think it was worth all the fuss.

  6. Chicago is worth a visit. I think you'll really like it.

  7. Do you think the car is worth buying?

  8. It is worth noting that his father and mother are also doctors.

  9. This book is not worth reading.

  10. an idea well worth consideration

13th Century

First Known Use of worth

13th century

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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