worthwhile Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “worthwhile” in the English Dictionary

"worthwhile" in British English

See all translations

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).

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of worthwhile?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Watching the detectorists
Watching the detectorists
by ,
May 31, 2016
by Colin McIntosh You could be forgiven for thinking that old-fashioned hobbies that don’t involve computers have fallen out of favour. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, the internet has made it easier for people with specialist hobbies from different corners of the world to come together to support one another

Read More 

Word of the Day

pollution

damage caused to water, air, etc. by harmful substances or waste

Word of the Day

decision fatigue noun
decision fatigue noun
May 30, 2016
a decreased ability to make decisions as a result of having too many decisions to make Our brains have a finite number of decisions they can make before they get depleted and become less discerning – so this is called decision fatigue.

Read More