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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

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



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


worthed; worthing; worths

Definition of worth (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

: become usually used in the phrase woe worth

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Synonyms for worth

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Pregame analysis: After signing a four-year contract extension in September worth up to $134 million, Rams quarterback Jared Goff has had a subpar season. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Can Khalil Mack & Co. rattle Jared Goff again? 3 keys for the Bears as they face the Rams," 15 Nov. 2019 As for the 400 people who made it to Forbes magazine’s list of the country’s wealthiest people, each would have an average worth of $3.1 billion, down from the current $7.2 billion. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Warren Would Take Billionaires Down a Few Billion Pegs," 10 Nov. 2019 The man stole $140 worth of goods, including crab legs. cleveland, "Man arrested for $140 crab leg theft: Shaker Heights police blotter," 8 Nov. 2019 While Meyers, who drives the Ferraris frequently, prefers not to discuss the worth of his cars, an unrestored 1957 Testa Rossa reportedly sold for more than $39 million in 2014. James Peter Rubin, The Hollywood Reporter, "Petersen Museum Offers Glimpse Into the 'Ford v Ferrari' World," 8 Nov. 2019 Emberlin had his own sparkle, in $30,000 worth of accessories (including a platinum brooch with an American flag motif of rubies, sapphires and diamonds). Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "LeeAnne Locken's Wedding: Watch the Real Housewives of Dallas Star's Emotional Vows," 6 Nov. 2019 The Fed swooped in, offering $75bn-worth of overnight funding, and both rates came back down. The Economist, "Why the repo market went awry…," 2 Nov. 2019 One pleaded guilty to stealing $170.42 worth of goods, including camouflage crew socks and a Call of Duty video game from Amazon, and was sentenced to 14 months of probation. Lauren Smiley, The Atlantic, "The Porch Pirate of Potrero Hill Can’t Believe It Came to This," 1 Nov. 2019 But preliminary indications are that the Ford contract also includes a promise of investments in new products and the U.S. plants that will build them, about $6 billion worth, compared to $9 billion at GM. NBC News, "Ford avoided a lengthy strike — thanks to GM," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The moneyline on the Tigers is -230, which begs the question of whether the risk is worth the lesser reward. Cameron Dasilva, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "LSU Tigers at Texas Longhorns odds, picks and best bets," 5 Sep. 2019 El-Sissi, who became president in 2014, said the military has overseen road projects costing 175 billion pounds, or just over $1 billion, and that his government has carried out projects worth more than $245 billion. Washington Post, "Egypt’s el-Sissi dismisses corruption allegations," 14 Sep. 2019 Perks of going official Kumar believes it is worth the money to become an official sponsor considering the exposure and brand recall, which social media cannot provide. Jaideep Vaidya, Quartz India, "India may have been knocked out, but mega brands had a field day during cricket World Cup," 10 July 2019 Consider if your peace of mind is worth more than financial profit. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Aug. 30, 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 The food industry has successfully convinced us that healthier, better, organic food is worth the extra cost. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Sustainability Is the Most Pressing Issue Facing Fashion—And It’s Only Getting Harder," 18 July 2019 Ideally, United want to save as much money as possible, in order to finance a huge move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, who is believed to have signed a new contract worth an astonishing £190,000 per week. SI.com, "Man Utd Decide on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's January Transfer Budget," 21 Aug. 2019 And while there isn't a secret shortcut to healthier hair, taking time to keep strands strong is worth the commitment. Paige Stables, Good Housekeeping, "12 Healthy Hair Habits You Should Adopt ASAP," 14 Aug. 2019 Stranger Things fans have been anxiously anticipating the return of the blockbuster series, and star David Harbour admits it is worth the nearly two-year wait. Tim Stack, EW.com, "David Harbour says Stranger Things 3 finale is 'the greatest episode we've ever shot'," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of worth


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


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


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


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for worth


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

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)
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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.



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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