worth·​while | \ ˈwərth-ˈhwī(-ə)l , -ˈwī(-ə)l\

Definition of worthwhile

1 : being worth the time or effort spent worthwhile preparations
2 : worthy sense 1 a worthwhile cause

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worthwhileness noun

Examples of worthwhile in a Sentence

The money is for a worthwhile cause. Seeing my children's joy made building the tree house all worthwhile. Is it worthwhile to try to fix my computer?
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And marching against that system is still worthwhile. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Should You Attend the Women's March?," 16 Jan. 2019 To boil down a long and worthwhile read, Stankey wants HBO to be more like Netflix. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—AT&T Risking HBO Franchise With Corporate Pressure," 10 July 2018 During Brexit, the Lords have taken on outsized importance, demanding fundamental and worthwhile changes to the government’s fitful efforts to negotiate Britain’s departure from the EU. The Economist, "Peers fight for a place in the House of Lords," 21 June 2018 Gray's acquisition would give Stoke a strong boost in their aim to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt, so a £15m price tag may be viewed as a very tempting and worthwhile investment. SI.com, "Watford Put £15m Price Tag on Andre Gray With Stoke City Reportedly Interested," 17 June 2018 Upgrading your sandals has the same effect: a little low-key, but totally worthwhile. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "This Summer, Invest In...Sandals," 4 June 2018 The debates are fun and worthwhile, but there is no 100% correct answer. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Michael Jordan or LeBron James: Which one is the Greatest of All Time?," 13 May 2018 Tzedakah is Hebrew for righteousness, justice or fairness, referring to the responsibility to give money and/or assistance to the poor or needy, or to worthwhile causes. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Jewish Endowment Foundation honors those who give to the community," 17 Apr. 2018 Politicians have done little or nothing to explain that avoiding a climate disaster comes with significant costs for voters, let alone why those costs are worthwhile. WSJ, "What Could Go Wrong With Climate Change Investing," 13 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of worthwhile

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of worthwhile

: worth doing or getting : good enough, important enough, etc., to be worth spending time, effort, or money on


worth·​while | \ ˈwərth-ˈhwīl , -ˈwīl\

Kids Definition of worthwhile

: being worth the time spent or effort used a worthwhile trip

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