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worthy

adjective wor·thy \ ˈwər-t͟hē \
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018
worthier; worthiest
1 a : having worth or value : estimable
  • a worthy cause
b : honorable, meritorious
  • worthy candidates
2 : having sufficient worth or importance
  • worthy to be remembered

worthily

play \ˈwər-t͟hə-lē\ adverb

worthiness

play \ˈwər-t͟hē-nəs\ noun

Examples of worthy in a Sentence

  1. Your donations will be going to a worthy cause.

  2. I consider him a worthy opponent.

  3. She is a worthy successor to the mayor.

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First Known Use of worthy

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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worthy

noun
plural worthies
: a worthy or prominent person

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First Known Use of worthy

14th century

in the meaning defined above

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-worthy

adjective combining form
1 : fit or safe for
  • a seaworthy vessel
2 : of sufficient worth for
  • a newsworthy event


WORTHY Defined for English Language Learners

worthy

  • : good and deserving respect, praise, or attention

  • : having enough good qualities to be considered important, useful, etc.


worthy

  • : an important or respected person


WORTHY Defined for Kids

worthy

adjective wor·thy \ ˈwər-t͟hē \
worthier; worthiest
1 : having worth or excellence
  • a worthy goal
2 : having enough value or excellence
  • These students are worthy of praise.

worthiness

noun


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