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Meaning of “worthwhile” in the English Dictionary

"worthwhile" in British English

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worthwhileadjective

uk   /ˌwɜːθˈwaɪl/  us   /ˌwɝːθ-/
B2 useful, ​important, or good enough to be a ​suitablereward for the ​money or ​timespent or the ​effort made: She ​considersteaching a worthwhile ​career. The ​time and ​expenseinvolved 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 ​suitableamount of ​money for the ​amount of ​workinvolved).

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  • It's not a worthwhile use of ​yourtime.
  • If you ​wantpeople to do things for you, you've got to make it worthwhile to them.
  • She was doing a really worthwhile ​job with those ​youngpeople.
  • It wasn't worthwhile for us to have two ​cars.
  • It's not worthwhile for you to ​wait any ​longer.
(Definition of worthwhile from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"worthwhile" in American English

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worthwhileadjective

 us   /wɜrθˈhwɑɪl, -ˈwɑɪl/
useful, ​important, or ​helpful enough to be a ​suitablereward for the ​money or ​timespent or the ​effort made: She ​considersteaching a worthwhile ​career.
(Definition of worthwhile from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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