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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 But even as his net worth grew, Sondland yearned to move from business to politics. oregonlive, "Several women allege that Gordon Sondland made unwanted advances," 27 Nov. 2019 To start, your net worth needs to be in the billions. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Where Texans owner Janice McNair ranks among NFL's richest owners," 26 Nov. 2019 The key, experts say, is for Jackson to find companies that will treat him as the Ravens have, with his potential embraced and his worth recognized. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "'He’d be the perfect pitch person’: Why Ravens star Lamar Jackson could become a marketing force," 25 Nov. 2019 Pete Buttigieg may be surging in Iowa, but his meager net worth of $100,000 puts him at the bottom of the pack financially. David Winston, Twin Cities, "David Winston: The Democratic field: middle-class heroes or millionaire hypocrites?," 24 Nov. 2019 School becomes the perfect closed system, a way to quantify my worth, and for a long time that system serves me well. Dani Fleischer, Longreads, "This Is How You Lose Your Mind," 22 Nov. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Aircraft-carriers have proved their worth in recent years. The Economist, "Aircraft-carriers are under threat from modern missiles," 14 Nov. 2019 The House approved a biting sanctions bill last month aimed at crippling Turkey's economy and punishing Erdogan personally by requiring an assessment of his net worth. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "'A particularly inappropriate time': Trump welcomes Turkey's Erdogan despite Syria attack," 13 Nov. 2019 Kanye West was recently named one of the world's wealthiest hip hop artists by Forbes, with the publication estimating his net worth at $240 million. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Kanye West wants to change his name to "Christian Genius Billionaire"," 8 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Meanwhile, renewable projects worth an estimated Rs21,000 crore ($2.93 billion) are at risk of turning into bad loans. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "A timeline: The Mexican standoff in Andhra Pradesh, India’s renewable energy badland," 24 Nov. 2019 The world's greatest showjumping talent will head to the capital Prague to compete for eye-watering prizes worth more than $13m (12 million euros) between November 21-24. Ben Church, CNN, "GC Prague Playoffs: World's best primed for $13 million season finale," 20 Nov. 2019 Think of it as a scent museum worth a visit on your next trip to Paris. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Celine's First-Ever Fragrance Collection Is Finally Here," 4 Nov. 2019 Shop the 30 best fall coats here at every price point, from a timeless (and wallet-friendly!) trench to several stylish faux furs worth the splurge. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Shop Fall’s Best Coats at Every Price Point," 25 Oct. 2019 So is the addition of an LED face worth the extra $10? Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Echo Dot with Clock: A simple but useful upgrade," 18 Oct. 2019 That progresses by one percent for those with more wealth, capping at an eight percent tax for Americans worth more than $10 billion. Cara Korte, CBS News, "Emotional town halls become centerpiece of Bernie Sanders' campaign," 27 Sep. 2019 The Air Force intends to tap two rocket-makers to fly five years worth of launches, with contracts likely worth more than $1 billion annually, split 60-40. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Jeff Bezos wants the US military to think bigger in space," 25 Sep. 2019 If nothing else, Cardamone also had several lifetimes worth of tales from the rock trenches, and maybe there was something meaningful in there too. August Brown, latimes.com, "Joe Cardamone of the Icarus Line finds faith in music after a string of tragedies," 20 June 2018

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

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“Worth.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worthed. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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