worth Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “worth” in the English Dictionary

"worth" in British English

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uk   /wɜːθ/  us   /wɝːθ/

worth adjective (MONEY)

B1 having a ​particularvalue, ​especially in ​money: Our ​house is worth £200,000. Heroin worth about $5 million was ​seized. informal having a ​particularamount of ​money: She must be worth at least ​half a million.be worth it to be of ​reasonable or good ​value for the ​price: Four ​days' ​carhirecosts £150, which is well worth it for the ​freedom it gives you.
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worth adjective (IMPORTANCE)

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B1 to be ​important or ​interesting enough to ​receive a ​particularaction: I ​think this ​matter is worth ​ourattention. When you're in Reykjavík, the National Museum is worth a ​visit.
be worth having/doing sth to be ​important or ​useful to have or do: There's nothing worth ​reading in this ​newspaper. If you are a ​young, ​inexperienceddriver, it is worth havingcomprehensiveinsurance. It's worth ​remembering that ​prices go up in ​February.worth it enjoyable enough or ​producing enough ​advantages to make the ​necessaryeffort, ​risk, ​pain, etc. ​seemacceptable: It was a ​longclimb to the ​top of the ​hill, but it was worth it for the ​view from the ​top. Don't ​tire yourself out, Geri, it's really not worth it. After the ​plasticsurgery I had two ​blackeyes and my ​face was very ​swollen. But I ​knew it would be worth it. Forget him, ​sweetheart, - he's just not worth it.


uk   /wɜːθ/  us   /wɝːθ/

worth noun (MONEY)

[U] the ​amount of ​money that something can be ​sold for; ​value: The ​estimated worth of the ​plastics and ​petrochemicalindustry is about $640 ​billion.£20, $100, etc. worth of sth the ​amount of something that you could ​buy for £20, $100, etc.: $4 million worth of ​souvenirs and ​giftitems have been ​produced for the ​event.
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worth noun (IMPORTANCE)

[U] the ​importance or ​usefulness of something or someone: He ​felt as though he had no worth. She has ​proved her worth on ​numerousoccasions. The ​studyproved that women were ​paid less than men ​holdingjobs ofcomparable worth.
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worth noun (AMOUNT)

a month's, a year's, etc. worth of sth an ​amount of something that will last a ​month, a ​year, etc. or that ​takes a ​month, a ​year, etc. to do: a month's worth ofgroceryshopping I've done three hour's worth ofwork this ​morning.
(Definition of worth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"worth" in American English

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worthnoun [U]

 us   /wɜrθ/

worth noun [U] (MONEY)

the ​amount of ​money that something can be ​sold for: The estimated worth of her ​jewelsalone is about $30 million. A ​particularamount of money’s worth of something is the ​amount of ​money that it ​costs: $20 worth of ​gasoline

worth noun [U] (IMPORTANCE)

the ​importance or ​usefulness of something or someone: a ​sense of ​personal worth Some ​people are ​modest to the ​point of not ​realizingtheirtrue worth.

worth noun [U] (AMOUNT)

an ​amount of something that will last a ​statedperiod of ​time or that ​takes a ​statedamount of ​time to do: We got a week’s worth of ​diapers at the ​supermarket. When the ​computercrashed, we ​lost six month’s worth of ​work.

worthadjective [not gradable]

 us   /wɜrθ/

worth adjective [not gradable] (IMPORTANCE)

important or ​useful enough to have or do: There are only two things worth ​reading in this ​newspaper – the TV ​listings and the ​sportspage. I don’t ​think it’s worth ​talking about any more.

worth adjective [not gradable] (MONEY)

having a ​value in ​money of: They’re ​asking $10,000 for the ​car, but I don’t ​think it’s worth that much. It is an ​expensiverestaurant, but for ​specialoccasions it’s worth it (= the ​value of what you get is ​equal to the ​moneyspent). If a ​person is worth a ​particularamount of ​money, the ​person has that ​amount or ​owns things that would ​cost that ​amount: She must be worth at least ​half a million.
(Definition of worth from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"worth" in Business English

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worthadjective [not before noun]

uk   us   /wɜːθ/
having a particular ​value: The ​shares are worth 262p. Tax ​cuts worth $10 ​billion should give ​businesses a ​boost.
owning a particular ​amount of ​money: As ​owner of almost 25% of the ​company, she's worth an ​estimated $10 ​billion.
be worth it to be of ​reasonable or good ​value for the ​price: He says the $349 ​cost was well worth it. enjoyable enough or ​producing enough ​advantages to make the necessary ​effort, ​risk, etc. seem acceptable: We believe the ​extratime and ​attention to detail is worth it. It's been hard ​work but worth it.
be worth doing useful, important, or good enough to be a suitable ​reward for the ​money or ​timespent or the ​effort made: Many ​incomefunds are worth considering since the ​totalreturn is often better than from a ​growthfund. It is worth ​keeping an ​eye on ​rates over the coming weeks.
be worth sth to be important or interesting enough to be a reason for doing something: worth a look/try This ​investment could be ​risky but it's worth a ​try.

worthnoun [U]

uk   us   /wɜːθ/
the ​value of something: They were ​forced to ​sell their ​shares for one-tenth of their worth.
the ​amount of something that you can ​buy with a particular ​amount of ​money: $10/€50/£300, etc. worth of sth She ​bought $200 worth of clothes.
(Definition of worth from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “worth”
in Vietnamese giá trị…
in Spanish valor…
in Malaysian nilai, harga…
in Thai มูลค่า…
in French valeur…
in German der Wert…
in Chinese (Traditional) 錢, 值…錢的, 擁有…財產的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 钱, 值…钱的, 拥有…财产的…
in Indonesian nilai…
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