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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The cheese plate is equally worthwhile, and the check comes with homemade honey caramels. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "The Best New Places to Eat, Stay, and Play in Seattle," 10 Jan. 2019 The great danger is that Britain will leave the EU without a broad consensus for a free-trade economic overhaul that would make Brexit worthwhile. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Britain and the American Option," 2 Jan. 2019 Given Glow Recipe’s reputation for making good on their promise of radiant skin, Sweet Chef’s products are sure to be a worthwhile investment. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Glow Recipe Announced the Upcoming Launch of a Target Line Called Sweet Chef," 27 Dec. 2018 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

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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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