Meaning of “worthwhile” in the English Dictionary

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"worthwhile" in British English

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worthwhileadjective

uk /ˌwɜːθˈwaɪl/ us /ˌwɝːθˈwaɪl/

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).

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  • It's not a worthwhile use of your time.
  • If you want people to do things for you, you've got to make it worthwhile to them.
  • She was doing a really worthwhile job with those young people.
  • 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 suitable reward for the money or time spent or the effort made:

She considers teaching a worthwhile career.

(Definition of “worthwhile” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)