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Meaning of “worthy” in the English Dictionary

"worthy" in British English

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worthyadjective

uk   /ˈwɜː.ði/  us   /ˈwɝː-/
  • worthy adjective (DESERVING RESPECT)

C1 formal deservingrespect, ​admiration, or ​support: He is ​unlikely to ​succeed in getting his ​bill through ​Congress, ​however worthy it is. Every ​year she makes a ​largedonation to a worthy cause.worthy of attention, notice, etc. C2 formal deserving to be given ​attention, ​noticed, etc.: Two ​points in this ​report are ​especially worthy of ​notice. formal Something that is worthy is not very ​interesting but should be ​admired for ​its good and ​usefulqualities: a worthy ​book

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worthily
adverb uk   /ˈwɜː.ðɪ.li/  us   /ˈwɝː-/ formal

worthynoun [C]

uk   /ˈwɜː.ði/  us   /ˈwɝː-/ humorous

-worthysuffix

uk   /-wɜː.ði/  us   /-wɝː-/
(Definition of worthy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"worthy" in American English

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worthyadjective

 us   /ˈwɜr·ði/
  • worthy adjective (DESERVING RESPECT)

deservingrespect, ​admiration, or ​support: a worthy ​goal/​project It was a worthy ​cause, and we were ​glad to make a ​contribution. She ​soonproved herself worthy of the ​trust we ​placed in her.
  • worthy adjective (DESERVING)

deserving or ​suitable for: Each of the ten ​chapters is worthy of a ​separatebook. After ​viewing the ​damage, the ​presidentdecided that the ​area was worthy of ​federaldisasterrelief.
(Definition of worthy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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