Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “worthwhile”

worthwhile

adjective uk   /ˌwɜːθˈwaɪl/ us    /ˌwɝːθ-/
B2 useful, important, or good enough to be a suitable reward for the money or time spent or the effort made: She considers teaching a worthwhile career. The time and expense involved in keeping up to date with all the changes has been worthwhile. If you need him on this project, you've got to make it financially worthwhile for him (= you will have to pay him a suitable amount of money for the amount of work involved).
(Definition of worthwhile from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of worthwhile?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Useful or advantageous, but you might be interested in these topics from the Using and not using topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “worthwhile” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

light at the end of the tunnel

signs of improvement in a situation that has been bad for a long time, or signs that a long and difficult piece of work is almost finished

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More