worth

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noun

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
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worth

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preposition

1
a
: equal in value to
b
: having assets or income equal to
2
: deserving of
well worth the effort

worth

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adjective

1
archaic : having monetary or material value
2
archaic : estimable

worth

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verb

worthed; worthing; worths

intransitive verb

archaic
: become
usually used in the phrase woe worth
Phrases
worth one's salt
: of substantial or significant value or merit
for all one is worth
: to the fullest extent of one's value or ability see also for what it's worth

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Forbes Valuation Forbes estimates Trump’s net worth at $2.6 billion as of September, which includes $426 million in cash and liquid assets, part of $640 million in personal assets that also include his personal homes, private aircraft, pensions and cryptocurrency holdings. Alison Durkee, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 His broker sold about $1.3 million worth of shares in November when B. Riley’s stock hit a three-year low. Ben Stupples, Fortune, 27 Feb. 2024 Last November, McMahon sold off 8.4 million shares for a total of $670.3 million, and at the time TKO bought back about $100 million worth of those shares. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 27 Feb. 2024 Members of the Walton family sold roughly $1.5 billion worth of Walmart Inc. stock at the end of last week as shares hovered near a record high. Katrina Compoli Bloomberg News (wpns), arkansasonline.com, 27 Feb. 2024 Celebrity Net Worth puts Williams net worth at $500,000 in 2024. Chad Murphy, The Enquirer, 26 Feb. 2024 Amazon has an armoire’s worth of shearling fleece pullovers just like mine in similar styles, each with small variations. Kristine Solomon, Travel + Leisure, 26 Feb. 2024 Then, in between laughs and impersonations and a one-woman show’s worth of characters, she’s asked about a specific scene in Oppenheimer, Nolan’s epic biography about the nuclear physicist and political martyr and the man who would be destroyer of worlds. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 25 Feb. 2024 The war has reshaped several hundred billion dollars’ worth of Russia’s trade with the outside world, particularly for energy and technology products. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2024
Preposition
Aim to keep on hand at least three to six months’ worth of all nonnegotiable living expenses. Carry sufficient insurance. Dallas News, 30 Oct. 2022 Are common multivitamins worth the money?New study explores the benefits, harms. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 3 Nov. 2022 Both of those prop bets came through for bettors and there are several others for postseason team performance and individual awards worth keeping an eye on. Jason Hoffman, The Enquirer, 13 Jan. 2022 Finally, at a meeting in Zambia, where giraffes and zebras wandered the grounds of the hotel, the board members approved eight projects worth a total of $168 million. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 In that case, there are plenty of Memorial Day furniture sales worth a browse. Ariel Scotti, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Pompeo also reported receiving two carpets worth a total of $19,400 from the president of Kazakhstan and the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates. Matthew Lee, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2021
Adjective
Some would argue that the jury is entitled to consider their artistic preferences above any representative considerations; others may wonder if all this tweaking and meddling is worth it to culminate in a list not notably more progressive than one the directors’ branch might assemble unassisted. Guy Lodge, Variety, 18 Feb. 2024 Which is worth keeping in mind as Timiraos laments the possibility of overly restrictive real rates of interest that might be holding the economy down. John Tamny, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 The view and food at the final destination, though, are worth the effort. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 18 Feb. 2024 The agreement provides an additional package worth $3.2 billion in military aid this year, the largest annual amount France has given to Ukraine since the war began. Geir Moulson and Sylvie Corbet The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 17 Feb. 2024 Definitely worth the buy.’ Find it on Amazon This Eyelash Seperator Will Change Your Life There’s nothing worse than spending time on the most flawless makeup look, just to end up with clumpy lashes. Mia Meltzer, Rolling Stone, 16 Feb. 2024 Part of the agreement is that the money is secured to the company’s inventory, which was worth $462 million at last accounting. Melvin Backman, Quartz, 16 Feb. 2024 But given his age, injury history and the team’s tight cap situation, Miami’s decision-makers have to decide whether Howard at his current salary is still worth it. Daniel Oyefusi, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 The two have been fighting over the property, worth some $500 million, throughout their divorce, and the saga is only set to continue. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 5 Feb. 2024
Verb
The responses from 1,300 players across the league present an unusually revealing look inside how franchises worth billions of dollars are still rankled by problems—with vast gaps in quality from team to team. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2023 Is the Simplehuman trash can worth it? Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 26 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, going back to Old English weorþ, wyrth (strong neuter noun), going back to Germanic *werþa- (whence also Old Frisian werth, worth "value," Old Saxon werth "payment, price," Old High German werd "value, price," Old Icelandic verð, Gothic wairþ "price"), noun derivative from *werþa-, adjective, "of value" — more at worth entry 3

Preposition

Middle English, from worth worth entry 3

Adjective

Middle English, "having monetary value, valuable, having status, deserving, highborn, efficacious, strong," going back to Old English weorþ, wyrþ, worþ "having monetary value, valuable," going back to Germanic *werþa- (whence also Old Frisian werth "of value," Old Saxon werth "of value, worthy, dear," Old High German werd, wert "of value, valuable," Old Icelandic verðr "of value, worthy," Gothic wairþs "deserving"), of uncertain origin

Note: The Middle English adjective continues in part Old English wierðe, wyrðe "worthy, deserving," a ja-stem adjective from the same base. Welsh gwerth "worth, value, price" (whence gwerthu "to sell"), along with Middle Breton guerz, is perhaps an early loan from Old English.

Verb

Middle English worthen "to exist, be, come into existence, become, change, happen," going back to Old English weorþan, wurþan (class III strong verb) "to become, come to be, happen," going back to Germanic *werþan- (whence also Old Frisian wertha "to become, happen, arise," Old Saxon werthan, Old High German werdan, Old Icelandic verða, Gothic wairþan "to become"), going back to an Indo-European verbal base *u̯ert- "turn," whence also Latin vertō, vertere "to cause to revolve, turn, spin," vertor "(I) change direction, turn," Lithuanian verčiù, ver͂sti "to cause to turn," Sanskrit vártate "(it) turns, rolls, revolves"; with zero-grade ablaut Old Church Slavic vrǔštǫ, vrǔteti sę "to turn oneself"; with a causative stem *u̯ort- Old Church Slavic vraštǫ, vratiti "to make turn," Sanskrit vartáyati "(s/he) makes turn"; from an n-present Old Church Slavic obvrǔnǫti sę "to turn around," Tocharian B wärnāmane "turning"

Note: In Germanic the Indo-European base *u̯ert- "turn" developed the figurative sense "become, happen" (compare, in English, "the milk turned sour"), which has largely displaced the literal senses (but compare the suffix *-wearda- -ward entry 1).

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of worth was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Worth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worth. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

worth

1 of 2 preposition
1
a
: equal in value to
the vase is worth $200
b
: having possessions or income equal to
an actress worth millions
2
: deserving of
well worth the effort
3
: capable of
ran for all I was worth

worth

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: value in terms of money
furniture of little worth
b
: the equivalent of a certain amount or figure
five dollars worth of gas
2
: the value of something measured by its qualities
an experience of great worth
3

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