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worth

verb \ ˈwərth \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of worth

intransitive verb
archaic
:become usually used in the phrase woe worth

Origin and Etymology 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


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worth

adjective

Definition of worth

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

Recent Examples of worth from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of worth

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


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worth

noun

Definition of worth

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 :the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held
  • a literary heritage of great worth
3 a :moral or personal value
  • trying to teach human worth
b :merit, excellence
  • a field in which we have proved our worth

Examples of worth in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of worth from the Web

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First Known Use of worth

before 12th century


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worth

preposition

Definition of worth

1 a :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

Examples of worth in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of worth from the Web

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First Known Use of worth

13th century


WORTH Defined for English Language Learners

worth

noun

Definition of worth for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of worth for English Language Learners

  • —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 Defined for Kids

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worth

preposition \ ˈwərth \

Definition of worth for Students

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.

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worth

noun

Definition of worth for Students

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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