Definition of “worth” - English Dictionary

“worth” in British English

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worthadjective

uk /wɜːθ/ us /wɝːθ/

worth adjective (MONEY)

B1 having a particular value, especially in money:

Our house is worth £200,000.
Heroin worth about $5 million was seized.

informal having a particular amount of money:

She must be worth at least half a million.
be worth it

to be of reasonable or good value for the price:

Four days' car hire costs £150, which is well worth it for the freedom it gives you.

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  • "I paid £2,000 for this car." "You've been had, mate. It's not worth more than £1,000."
  • Thieves broke the shop window and carried off jewellery worth thousands of pounds.
  • Buying those shares was a very far-sighted move - they must be worth ten times their original value now.
  • Any painting by Van Gogh is worth a fortune.
  • The country exports goods worth $600 million per annum.

worth adjective (IMPORTANCE)

be worth sth

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  • This is a movie worth seeing for its effects alone.
  • Only a few people are successful as sports professionals, but it's worth giving it a go.
  • We need to assess whether the project is worth doing.
  • It's a steep climb to the top of the mountain, but the view is worth it.
  • You could ask him if he's willing - it's worth a try.

B1 to be important or interesting enough to receive a particular action:

I think this matter is worth our attention.
When you're in Reykjavík, the National Museum is worth a visit.
be worth having/doing sth

to be important or useful to have or do:

There's nothing worth reading in this newspaper.
If you are a young, inexperienced driver, it is worth having comprehensive insurance.
It's worth remembering that prices go up in February.
worth it

enjoyable enough or producing enough advantages to make the necessary effort, risk, pain, etc. seem acceptable:

It was a long climb to the top of the hill, but it was worth it for the view from the top.
Don't tire yourself out, Geri, it's really not worth it.
After the plastic surgery I had two black eyes and my face was very swollen. But I knew it would be worth it.
Forget him, sweetheart, - he's just not worth it.

worthnoun

uk /wɜːθ/ us /wɝːθ/

worth noun (MONEY)

[ U ] the amount of money that something can be sold for; value:

The estimated worth of the plastics and petrochemical industry is about $640 billion.
£20, $100, etc. worth of sth

the amount of something that you could buy for £20, $100, etc.:

$4 million worth of souvenirs and gift items have been produced for the event.

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  • He bought a dollar's worth of stamps.
  • He tried to read books of real worth.
  • She got her money's worth out of that coat.
  • The lorry contained thousands of pounds worth of contraband.
  • I've got £20,000 worth of cover for the contents of my house.

worth noun (IMPORTANCE)

[ U ] the importance or usefulness of something or someone:

He felt as though he had no worth.
She has proved her worth on numerous occasions.
The study proved that women were paid less than men holding jobs of comparable worth.

More examples

  • He proved his worth to the team by scoring two goals in the final.
  • He behaved like a person of great worth.
  • His worth to the school was incalculable.
  • The anti-lock brakes proved their worth when the car was nearly involved in an accident.
  • It was hard to assess the worth of his contribution to the discussion.

worth noun (AMOUNT)

a month's, a year's, etc. worth of sth

an amount of something that will last a month, a year, etc. or that takes a month, a year, etc. to do:

a month's worth of grocery shopping
I've done three hour's worth of work this morning.

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

“worth” in American English

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worthnoun [ U ]

us /wɜrθ/

worth noun [ U ] (MONEY)

the amount of money that something can be sold for:

The estimated worth of her jewels alone is about $30 million.

A particular amount of money’s worth of something is the amount of money that it costs:

$20 worth of gasoline

worth noun [ U ] (IMPORTANCE)

the importance or usefulness of something or someone:

a sense of personal worth
Some people are modest to the point of not realizing their true worth.

worth noun [ U ] (AMOUNT)

an amount of something that will last a stated period of time or that takes a stated amount of time to do:

We got a week’s worth of diapers at the supermarket.
When the computer crashed, we lost six month’s worth of work.

worthadjective [ not gradable ]

us /wɜrθ/

worth adjective [ not gradable ] (IMPORTANCE)

important or useful enough to have or do:

There are only two things worth reading in this newspaper – the TV listings and the sports page.
I don’t think it’s worth talking about any more.

worth adjective [ not gradable ] (MONEY)

having a value in money of:

They’re asking $10,000 for the car, but I don’t think it’s worth that much.
It is an expensive restaurant, but for special occasions it’s worth it (= the value of what you get is equal to the money spent).

If a person is worth a particular amount of money, the person has that amount or owns things that would cost that amount:

She must be worth at least half a million.

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

“worth” in Business English

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worthadjective [ not before noun ]

uk /wɜːθ/ us

having a particular value:

The shares are worth 262p.
Tax cuts worth $10 billion should give businesses a boost.

owning a particular amount of money:

As owner of almost 25% of the company, she's worth an estimated $10 billion.
be worth it

to be of reasonable or good value for the price:

He says the $349 cost was well worth it.

enjoyable enough or producing enough advantages to make the necessary effort, risk, etc. seem acceptable:

We believe the extra time and attention to detail is worth it.
It's been hard work but worth it.
be worth doing

useful, important, or good enough to be a suitable reward for the money or time spent or the effort made:

Many income funds are worth considering since the total return is often better than from a growth fund.
It is worth keeping an eye on rates over the coming weeks.
be worth sth

to be important or interesting enough to be a reason for doing something:

worth a look/try This investment could be risky but it's worth a try.

worthnoun [ U ]

uk /wɜːθ/ us

the value of something:

They were forced to sell their shares for one-tenth of their worth.

the amount of something that you can buy with a particular amount of money:

$10/€50/£300, etc. worth of sth She bought $200 worth of clothes.

(Definition of “worth” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)