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

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?
Recent Examples on the Web The big mission makes for the most exciting moment; the build-up is worthwhile. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 12 May 2022 Saving certain parasites—and, in turn, preserving their roles in nature—will depend on convincing policy makers, the public and a wider community of scientists that protecting them is worthwhile. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 28 Apr. 2022 Scott Burns, head track and field coach at Downingtown West High School in Pennsylvania and an elite masters runner, believes that the investment is worthwhile for any experienced runner looking to optimize performance. Cory Smith, Outside Online, 16 Apr. 2022 Yet Wednesday’s Bright Horizons report found that employers that do offer childcare support likely have an advantage when recruiting new hires and even retaining current employees—which could be worthwhile given the extremely tight labor market. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 13 Apr. 2022 Yet, Doyle says, the work is worthwhile because knowing what art was bought when and by whom educates you about the time those purchases were made. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 It’s just full of worthwhile projects, connector, trails, neighborhood based, education centers, things like that. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 15 Mar. 2022 While that would be an insufferable amount of time to get a backpacking or car-camping tent up and livable, the aforementioned benefits make that time investment worthwhile. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 28 Feb. 2022 While Presidents Day weekend isn't known as an especially bountiful time for tech deals, the Dealmaster has dug up a few actually good discounts on worthwhile gadgets, gear, and games all the same. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 21 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of worthwhile

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Worthwhile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worthwhile. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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