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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
4 : wealth, riches



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

account, merit, valuation, value

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Examples of worth in a Sentence


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.


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

The Wall Street Journal previously reported that Anbang is seeking to sell billions of dollars worth of U.S. property and hotels. WSJ, "China’s Newly Created Dajia Insurance Begins Absorbing Anbang," 11 July 2019 The Munro’s crew offloaded more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine and almost 1,000 pounds of marijuana worth more than half a billion dollars, a Coast Guard statement said. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Video: Coast Guardsmen leap aboard drug-smuggling submarine," 11 July 2019 Police found the suspect, a Cleveland woman, 33, and ticketed her for the theft of $50 worth of merchandise. cleveland.com, "Woman cited for two thefts in one hour: University Heights Police Blotter," 10 July 2019 Of some $33 billion worth of Poland-China trade in 2018, Poland’s exports amounted to only $2.5 billion. Washington Post, "Poland wants China to open market further for exports," 8 July 2019 As Deadline reported on Thursday, the series currently only exists as a pilot order, meaning that the wheels have begun turning to produce and cast a single, premiere episode, as opposed to an outright guarantee of a season's worth of episodes. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "id Software’s origin story set to become USA Network TV series," 27 June 2019 In another investigation, Fletcher’s office found 24 Sam’s Club members set up accounts using the Park District’s tax-exempt status and bought thousands of dollars worth of personal items without paying sales tax. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Park District employees sold scrap metal for $64,000 in cash, set up Sam’s Club accounts to get tax breaks, watchdog finds," 25 June 2019 With this empirical information, Antico and his colleagues can court truly large donations from individuals and foundations, eliminating billions of dollars’ worth of American medical debt at once. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "The Perverse Logic of GoFundMe Health Care," 24 June 2019 All ages are free to wander the resort and look at the millions of dollars worth of art (don’t miss the gargantuan statute of Popeye that’s a short walk from the main lobby). Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "The Encore Boston Harbor casino opens Sunday. Here’s everything you need to know," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Women have been told they’re worth the symmetry of their faces, their bodies, their beauty and that’s what this film is based on. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Here's Your First Look At J.Lo, Lizzo & Cardi B As Con Artists In Hustlers," 15 July 2019 Yes, the first-edition Princess Diana tribute Beanie Babies are worth more than the later editions. Kate Storey, Country Living, "10 Things You Didn't Know About Beanie Babies," 17 Dec. 2015 Using Trende’s measurement in today’s House, a five-percentage-point advantage is worth an extra 22 House seats. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "How Much Does Gerrymandering Really Matter?," 28 June 2019 Many congregations have owned their land for decades and now are sitting on large properties worth a small fortune. Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News, "Bay Area churches are building housing in God’s backyard," 16 June 2019 The agency applied for a U.S. Department of Justice grant worth more than $500,000, seeking 150 body camera systems to fully equip deputies in the traffic and patrol divisions. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Osceola sheriff seeks federal grant to help cover purchase of 150 body cameras," 10 June 2019 The doctors didn’t know diddly squat, and the motion sickness pills don’t work worth a damn. Bill Andrews, Discover Magazine, "Apollo Astronauts, in Their Own Words," 20 May 2019 Plus, the sweet scent alone is enough to make this face mask worth a try. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "This $15 Overnight Face Mask Is Saving My Dry Skin This Winter," 15 Feb. 2019 Each member is worth a real fortune, and millions upon millions of British pounds are passed down through each generation from inheritance. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Why Prince Harry Inherited More Money Than Prince William When Their Great-Grandmother Died," 9 Aug. 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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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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