worth·​while | \ ˈwərth-ˈ(h)wī(-ə)l How to pronounce worthwhile (audio) \

Definition of worthwhile

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

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Other Words from worthwhile

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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Recent Examples on the Web Flags of Our Fathers, which recounted the struggle to take a rocky island stronghold from the Japanese in World War II from the American side, is also worthwhile. Keith Phipps, Vulture, "The Best Movies That Lost Best Picture at the Oscars," 27 Apr. 2021 And after the company pays for the training, your team will still need to continue to take time to practice the lessons learned to make the investment worthwhile. Esther Choy, Forbes, "7 Techniques To Take Your Business Storytelling To The Next Level Now," 11 Apr. 2021 Someone might challenge you to prove that your hobbies and creative efforts are worthwhile. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 10, 2021: Leo, discuss plans with partner; Sagittarius, let imagination run free," 10 Apr. 2021 Someone in your life might make different choices even if your idea seems more worthwhile. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for March 31, 2021: Happy birthday Ewan McGregor; Pisces, watch out for mixed messages," 31 Mar. 2021 None of us, doctors included, should ever assume some people’s lives are any less worthwhile. Jeanne Mancini, National Review, "This World Down Syndrome Day, Remember the Value of Every Life," 21 Mar. 2021 Listro told Wilson those challenges only made the reward more worthwhile, a reminder that carried the keeper to a five-save performance. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Pride goalkeeper Brittany Wilson steps into spotlight for first full season," 18 Mar. 2021 Is all the sound and fury worthwhile, the four years of championing, the four hours up on the screen? Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’: Sometimes bigger (and longer, a lot longer) really is better," 17 Mar. 2021 Here, a collection of the must-know trends and moments from a peculiar—but worthwhile—digital fall 2021 fashion month. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "Here’s What Post-Pandemic Fashion Looks Like," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of worthwhile

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of worthwhile was in 1662

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4 May 2021

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“Worthwhile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worthwhile. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce worthwhile (audio) , -ˈwīl \

Kids Definition of worthwhile

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

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