worth·​while | \ ˈwərth-ˈhwī(-ə)l How to pronounce worthwhile (audio) , -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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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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There’s an expectation that that investment is important and worthwhile. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "A Virtual Threat to Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation Caucuses," 30 Aug. 2019 Any deal that appears to be too good to be true probably isn’t worthwhile. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Aug. 15, 2019," 15 Aug. 2019 While the 448-page report lays them out in great detail, some Democrats believe that the American public hasn't yet been exposed to them, and having a respected former prosecutor rehash them on national TV is worthwhile in its own right. oregonlive.com, "Watch Robert Mueller’s testimony to Congress," 24 July 2019 That standard could be a high bar but worthwhile for sellers with kids. Michele Lerner, USA TODAY, "How to stage your home to sell, even with kids and clutter underfoot," 22 July 2019 Less important but still worthwhile for some, those who purchase a ticket will also receive one of a limited number of Avengers art showcasing the Iron Infinity Gauntlet and that tearjerker quote. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 25 June 2019 Even if Republicans vote it down again, Winkler said the effort from Democrats will be worthwhile. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "At State Fair, Democrats begin gathering public input on marijuana legalization," 29 Aug. 2019 Buzz60 College rankings purport to tell the public which schools are worthwhile, even though many academics view the rankings as worthless. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "US News & World Report ranks America's 'best' colleges. But, is there really a way to know?," 7 Aug. 2019 Giving them more opportunities in this encore will be worthwhile. Cam Inman, The Denver Post, "Five questions for 49ers vs. Broncos, including “How much Jimmy G?”," 18 Aug. 2019

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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 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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