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

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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 Even that might be a charitable estimate: The numbers likely cover a bit more than two years’ worth of time. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 From 2022 to 2050, the rule will prevent 4.6 billion metric tons of CO2e, nearly equal to three years’ worth of U.S. power sector emissions in 2019. Energy Innovation: Policy And Technology, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 One empowers the Secretary of State’s office to audit two years’ worth of a county’s election results after presidential and midterm contests. Dallas News, 27 Sep. 2021 Officials were attempting to enact years’ worth of necessary reforms and recalibrations within a period of weeks—in the middle of a humanitarian crisis. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 26 Sep. 2021 Due to the limited supply, Dana said her brother is only able to receive two weeks' worth of treatment on DeltaRex-G. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 23 Sep. 2021 According to Cook, who was 19 at the time of the crash, Paul Murdaugh was able to purchase about $50 worth of alcohol using Buster Murdaugh's driver's license and a family credit card. NBC News, 21 Sep. 2021 This year’s ceremony includes two years’ worth of honorees, as last year’s ceremony was postponed. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2021 The government is using a digital wallet app called Chivo that can be used for payments and remittances in Bitcoin and Bukele has promised that Salvadoran citizens who download it and sign up will receive receive $30 worth of bitcoins in credit. Gisela Salomon, orlandosentinel.com, 6 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition 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 In that case, there are plenty of Memorial Day furniture sales worth a browse. Ariel Scotti, Forbes, 28 May 2021 In that case, there are plenty of Memorial Day furniture sales worth a browse. Ariel Scotti, Forbes, 28 May 2021 In that case, there are plenty of Memorial Day furniture sales worth a browse. Ariel Scotti, Forbes, 28 May 2021 In that case, there are plenty of Memorial Day furniture sales worth a browse. Ariel Scotti, Forbes, 28 May 2021 In that case, there are plenty of Memorial Day furniture sales worth a browse. Ariel Scotti, Forbes, 28 May 2021 May 28, police arrested a Columbus woman, 19, for stealing goods worth a total of $107.34 from Giant Eagle, 24601 Chagrin Blvd. cleveland, 1 June 2021

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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

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).

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More Definitions for worth

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 : value
: usefulness or importance : value

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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