worthwhile

adjective worth·while \ ˈwərth-ˈhwī(-ə)l , -ˈwī(-ə)l \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of worthwhile

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

worthwhileness

noun

Examples of worthwhile in a Sentence

  1. The money is for a worthwhile cause.

  2. Seeing my children's joy made building the tree house all worthwhile.

  3. Is it worthwhile to try to fix my computer?

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First Known Use of worthwhile

1662


WORTHWHILE Defined for English Language Learners

worthwhile

adjective

Definition of worthwhile for English Language Learners

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


WORTHWHILE Defined for Kids

worthwhile

adjective worth·while \ ˈwərth-ˈhwīl , -ˈwīl \

Definition of worthwhile for Students

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


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