worth

noun
\ ˈwərth How to pronounce worth (audio) \

Definition of worth

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : monetary value farmhouse and lands of little worth
b : the equivalent of a specified amount or figure a dollar's worth of gas
2 : the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held a literary heritage of great worth
3a : moral or personal value trying to teach human worth
b : merit, excellence a field in which we have proved our worth
4 : wealth, riches

worth

preposition

Definition of worth (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : equal in value to
b : having assets or income equal to
2 : deserving of well worth the effort
worth one's salt
: of substantial or significant value or merit

worth

adjective

Definition of worth (Entry 3 of 4)

1 archaic : having monetary or material value
2 archaic : estimable
for all one is worth
: to the fullest extent of one's value or ability

worth

verb
worthed; worthing; worths

Definition of worth (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

archaic
: become usually used in the phrase woe worth

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Synonyms for worth

Synonyms: Noun

account, merit, valuation, value

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Examples of worth in a Sentence

Noun

A diamond's worth is determined partly by its cut and clarity. The worth of the stocks has increased. The furniture was of little worth since it was in such bad condition. He has proved his worth to the team. The book has proved its worth by saving me hundreds of dollars.

Preposition

an actor worth several million dollars The corporation is worth billions of dollars. A carefully written cover letter and resume is worth the effort. It takes a long time to get a table at the restaurant, but the food is well worth the wait. The movie was good, but I didn't think it was worth all the fuss. Chicago is worth a visit. I think you'll really like it. Do you think the car is worth buying? It is worth noting that his father and mother are also doctors. This book is not worth reading. an idea well worth consideration
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Although debt has rebounded in recent years, household liabilities as a share of net worth are at the lowest level since 1985, according to RBC. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "The economic expansion is poised to be the longest ever. Will it die or get a second wind?," 16 June 2019 In fact, Know Net Worth estimates Yara Shahidi's net worth to be about $1 million. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Yara Shahidi's Net Worth Is Crazy High for a 19-Year-Old," 14 June 2019 Trump’s higher net worth shows how reliant his wealth has become on Steven Roth, a friend who leads Vornado Realty Trust. Shahien Nasiripour And Caleb Melby, sun-sentinel.com, "Trump’s net worth rises to $3 billion despite setbacks, including reduction in Mar-a-Lago business," 12 June 2019 But it's estimated that while that blockbuster deal pushed Dre's net worth to about $1.1 billion, state and local taxes ultimately nudged it to just below the $1 billion-dollar mark. Doug Criss, CNN, "Superstar Jay-Z is the first billionaire rapper, says Forbes," 4 June 2019 Tyra's growing success: Of course, the model's net worth hasn't always been so high. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Tyra Banks' Net Worth?," 10 May 2019 According to Forbes, Steel's net worth is a reported $350 million. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "How The Hell Has Danielle Steel Managed to Write 179 Books?," 9 May 2019 The incredible success of A Star Is Born has had a huge effect on Bradley Cooper's already impressive net worth. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper's Net Worth Will Make Your Jaw Drop," 31 Mar. 2019 Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren has broken with that consensus by proposing a tax of 2% on net worth above... Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Trouble With Taxing Wealth," 6 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Many congregations have owned their land for decades and now are sitting on large properties worth a small fortune. Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News, "Bay Area churches are building housing in God’s backyard," 16 June 2019 The agency applied for a U.S. Department of Justice grant worth more than $500,000, seeking 150 body camera systems to fully equip deputies in the traffic and patrol divisions. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Osceola sheriff seeks federal grant to help cover purchase of 150 body cameras," 10 June 2019 The doctors didn’t know diddly squat, and the motion sickness pills don’t work worth a damn. Bill Andrews, Discover Magazine, "Apollo Astronauts, in Their Own Words," 20 May 2019 Plus, the sweet scent alone is enough to make this face mask worth a try. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "This $15 Overnight Face Mask Is Saving My Dry Skin This Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 Each member is worth a real fortune, and millions upon millions of British pounds are passed down through each generation from inheritance. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Why Prince Harry Inherited More Money Than Prince William When Their Great-Grandmother Died," 9 Aug. 2018 Here are a few new science reads worth giving — or keeping for yourself. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Annual Science Reads for the Holidays," 24 Nov. 2018 Still, the Lone Star state is worth a mention here because of Texas’s size and growing population. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "7 key governor races that could let Democrats roll back gerrymandering," 5 Nov. 2018 Shop the 35 best fall coats here at every price point, from a timeless (wallet-friendly!) trench to several stylish faux furs worth the splurge. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Shop Fall’s Best Coats at Every Price Point," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of worth

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Preposition

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for worth

Adjective

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

Verb

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

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worth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of worth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

worth

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of worth (Entry 2 of 2)

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)

worth

preposition
\ ˈwərth How to pronounce worth (audio) \

Kids Definition of worth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : equal in value to The painting is worth thousands of dollars.
2 : having possessions or income equal to She is worth millions.
3 : deserving of This project is worth the effort.
4 : capable of I ran for all I was worth.

worth

noun

Kids Definition of worth (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the value or usefulness of something or someone Teammates praised his worth to the team.
2 : value as expressed in money or in amount of time something will last a week's worth of groceries
3 : excellence a man of worth

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