Meaning of “worthy” in the English Dictionary

"worthy" in British English

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uk /ˈwɜː.ði/ us /ˈwɝː.ði/

worthy adjective (DESERVING RESPECT)

C1 formal deserving respect, admiration, or support:

He is unlikely to succeed in getting his bill through Congress, however worthy it is.
Every year she makes a large donation 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 useful qualities:

a worthy book

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adverb uk /ˈwɜː.ðəl.i/ us /ˈwɝː.ðəl.i/ formal

worthynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈwɜː.ði/ us /ˈwɝː.ði/ humorous


uk / -wɜː.ði/ us / -wɝː.ði/

(Definition of “worthy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈwɜr·ði/

worthy adjective (DESERVING RESPECT)

deserving respect, admiration, or support:

a worthy goal/project
It was a worthy cause, and we were glad to make a contribution.
She soon proved 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 separate book.
After viewing the damage, the president decided that the area was worthy of federal disaster relief.

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