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worth 1

1. The quality that renders something desirable, useful, or valuable: the worth of higher education.
2. Material or market value: stocks having a worth of ten million dollars.
3. A quantity of something that may be purchased for a specified sum or by a specified means: ten dollars' worth of natural gas; wanted their money's worth.
4. Wealth; riches: her net worth.
5. Quality that commands esteem or respect; merit: a person of great worth.
1. Equal in value to something specified: worth its weight in gold.
2. Deserving of; meriting: a proposal not worth consideration.
3. Having wealth or riches amounting to: a person worth millions.
for all (one) is worth
To the utmost of one's powers or ability.
for what it's worth
Even though it may not be important or valuable: Here's my advice, for what it's worth.

[Middle English, from Old English weorth; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

worth 2

intr.v. worthed, worth·ing, worths Obsolete
To befall; betide.

[Middle English worthen, from Old English weorthan; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]
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adj (governing a noun with prepositional force)
1. worthy of; meriting or justifying: it's not worth discussing; an idea worth some thought.
2. (Commerce) having a value of: the book is worth 30 pounds.
3. for all one is worth to the utmost; to the full extent of one's powers or ability
4. worth one's weight in gold extremely helpful, kind, etc
5. high quality; excellence
6. (Commerce) value, price
7. (Commerce) the amount or quantity of something of a specified value: five pounds worth of petrol.
[Old English weorth; related to Old Saxon, Old High German werth (German Wert), Old Norse verthr, Gothic wairths]


(intr) archaic to happen or betide (esp in the phrase woe worth the day)
[Old English weorthan; related to Old Frisian wertha, Old Saxon, Old High German werthan (German werden), Old Norse vertha, Gothic wairthan, Latin vertere to turn]


(wɜːθ; French vɔrt)
(Biography) Charles Frederick. 1825–95, English couturier, who founded Parisian haute couture
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1. good or important enough to justify (what is specified): advice worth taking; a place worth visiting.
2. having a value of, or equal in value to, as in money: This vase is worth 20 dollars.
3. having property to the value or amount of: They are worth millions.
4. excellence of character or quality as commanding esteem: people of worth.
5. usefulness or importance, as to the world, to a person, or for a purpose: Your worth to the team is unquestionable.
6. value, as in money.
7. a quantity of something of a specified value: 50 cents' worth of candy.
8. property or possessions: net worth.
for all one is worth, to the utmost: She ran for all she was worth.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English weorth, c. Old Saxon werth, Old High German werd, Old Norse verth, Gothic wairth]



v.i. Archaic.
to happen or betide: Woe worth the day.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English weorthan to come to be, become, c. Old Saxon werthan, Old High German werdan, Old Norse vertha, Gothic wairthan to become, Latin vertere to turn (see verse)]
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Worth can be a preposition or a noun.

1. used as a preposition

If something is worth an amount of money, that is the amount you would get for it if you sold it.

His yacht is worth $1.7 million.
They own a two-bedroom house worth £350,000.

Be Careful!
Worth is not a verb. Don't say 'His yacht worths $1.7 million'.

2. used as a noun

You use worth as a noun after words like pounds or dollars to show how much money you would get for an amount of something if you sold it.

I can't believe we're arguing over fifty pence worth of chocolate.
Twelve million pounds worth of gold and jewels were stolen.

Don't talk about the 'worth' of something that someone owns. Don't say, for example, 'The worth of his house has greatly increased'. You say 'The value of his house has greatly increased'.

What will happen to the value of my car?
The value of the land is now over £1 million.
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Past participle: worthed
Gerund: worthing

I worth
you worth
he/she/it worths
we worth
you worth
they worth
I worthed
you worthed
he/she/it worthed
we worthed
you worthed
they worthed
Present Continuous
I am worthing
you are worthing
he/she/it is worthing
we are worthing
you are worthing
they are worthing
Present Perfect
I have worthed
you have worthed
he/she/it has worthed
we have worthed
you have worthed
they have worthed
Past Continuous
I was worthing
you were worthing
he/she/it was worthing
we were worthing
you were worthing
they were worthing
Past Perfect
I had worthed
you had worthed
he/she/it had worthed
we had worthed
you had worthed
they had worthed
I will worth
you will worth
he/she/it will worth
we will worth
you will worth
they will worth
Future Perfect
I will have worthed
you will have worthed
he/she/it will have worthed
we will have worthed
you will have worthed
they will have worthed
Future Continuous
I will be worthing
you will be worthing
he/she/it will be worthing
we will be worthing
you will be worthing
they will be worthing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been worthing
you have been worthing
he/she/it has been worthing
we have been worthing
you have been worthing
they have been worthing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been worthing
you will have been worthing
he/she/it will have been worthing
we will have been worthing
you will have been worthing
they will have been worthing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been worthing
you had been worthing
he/she/it had been worthing
we had been worthing
you had been worthing
they had been worthing
I would worth
you would worth
he/she/it would worth
we would worth
you would worth
they would worth
Past Conditional
I would have worthed
you would have worthed
he/she/it would have worthed
we would have worthed
you would have worthed
they would have worthed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.worth - an indefinite quantity of something having a specified value; "10 dollars worth of gasoline"
indefinite quantity - an estimated quantity
halfpennyworth, ha'p'orth - the amount that can be bought for a halfpenny
penn'orth, pennyworth - the amount that can be bought for a penny
2.worth - the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
value - the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable; "the Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world"
merit, virtue - any admirable quality or attribute; "work of great merit"
demerit, fault - the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection; "they discussed the merits and demerits of her novel"; "he knew his own faults much better than she did"
praisworthiness - the property of deserving praise
worthwhileness - value sufficient to repay time or effort spent
price - the high value or worth of something; "her price is far above rubies"
worthlessness, ineptitude - having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful; "the drill sergeant's intent was to convince all the recruits of their worthlessness"
3.Worth - French couturier (born in England) regarded as the founder of Parisian haute couture; noted for introducing the bustle (1825-1895)
Adj.1.worth - worthy of being treated in a particular way; "an idea worth considering"; "the deserving poor" (often used ironically)
irony - a trope that involves incongruity between what is expected and what occurs
worthy - having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable; "a worthy fellow"; "a worthy cause"
2.worth - having a specified value; "not worth his salt"; "worth her weight in gold"
valuable - having great material or monetary value especially for use or exchange; "a valuable diamond"
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1. value, price, rate, cost, estimate, valuation The total worth of the Australian sharemarket is now close to $520 billion.
value worthlessness
2. merit, value, quality, importance, desert(s), virtue, excellence, goodness, estimation, worthiness She did not appreciate her husband's true worth until he was gone.
merit wretchedness, unworthiness
3. usefulness, value, benefit, quality, importance, utility, excellence, goodness The client has little means of judging the worth of the advice he is given.
usefulness futility, insignificance, triviality, uselessness, worthlessness, paltriness
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1. A measure of those qualities that determine merit, desirability, usefulness, or importance:
2. A level of superiority that is usually high:
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جَدير بِ، يَسْتَحِق التَّفكير بِهقيمةقِيمَةقيمَهيُساوي ثَمَنَه
jafnvirîiverîur, sem verîskuldarvirîi
waardegelijkwaardig aangewaardeerdvermogen
stojaci za
değerdeğerinde-e/a değerkıymet
giá trị


1. (= equal in value to) to be worth sthvaler algo
it's worth five poundsvale cinco libras
it's worth a lot of moneyvale mucho dinero
what or how much is it worth?¿cuánto vale?
it's not worth muchno vale mucho
it's worth a great deal to me (sentimentally) → para mí tiene gran valor sentimental
he was worth a million when he diedmurió millonario, murió dejando una fortuna de un millón
what's the old man worth?¿cuánto dinero tiene el viejo?
"don't tell anybody" - "what's it worth to you?"-no se lo digas a nadie -¿cuánto me das si no digo nada?
to run for all one is worthcorrer como si le llevara a uno el diablo
to sing for all one is worthcantar con toda el alma
it must be worth a fortunedebe valer una fortuna
it's more than my job's worth to tell youme costaría mi empleo decirte eso
it's not worth the paper it's written onvale menos que el papel en que está escrito
she's worth ten of himella vale diez veces más que él
I tell you this for what it's worthte digo esto por si te interesa
2. (= deserving of) it's worth readingvale or merece la pena leerlo
it's worth the effortvale or merece la pena molestarse en hacerlo
it's worth havingvale or merece la pena tenerlo
it's (not) worth it(no) vale or merece la pena
life isn't worth livingla vida no tiene sentido para mí
the cathedral is worth a lookla catedral merece la pena, merece la pena ver la catedral
it's worth mentioning thatmerece la pena mencionar que ..., es digno de mención el hecho de que ...
it's worth supportinges digno de apoyo
it's worth thinking aboutvale or merece la pena pensarlo
it's not worth the troubleno vale or merece la pena
the meal was worth the waitla comida estaba tan rica que mereció la pena esperar, la comida mereció or compensó la espera
it's well worth doingbien vale or merece la pena hacerlo
see also job, while
B. N [of thing] → valor m; [of person] → valía f
ten pounds' worth of bookslibros por valor de diez libras, diez libras de libros
he had no chance to show his true worthno tuvo oportunidad de mostrar su valía
see also money A1
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(= value) [person, object] → valeur f
to prove one's worth → montrer ce que l'on vaut
(indicating quantity) to be two weeks' worth → représenter deux semaines
to be ten pounds' worth → représenter dix livres
"How much petrol shall I put in?" - -"About ten pounds' worth." → "Quelle quantité de carburant est-ce que je dois mettre?"- - "Mets-en pour à peu près dix livres."
two pounds' worth of apples → (pour) deux livres de pommes
400 dollars' worth of damage → 400 dollars de dégâts
a week's worth of food → une semaine de nourriture
(= having a value of) to be worth sth [object] → valoir qch
How much is it worth? → Cela vaut combien?
It's worth a lot of money → Cela vaut très cher.
It's worth £50 → Cela vaut 50 livres.
to be worth sth [person] → peser qch
She's worth millions → Elle pèse plusieurs millions.
for all one is worth → de toutes ses forces
Push for all you're worth! → Poussez de toutes vos forces!
(= meriting, deserving) to be worth it → en valoir la peine
It's worth it → Cela en vaut la peine.
Is it worth it? → Cela en vaut-il la peine?
It's not worth it → Cela n'en vaut pas la peine.
to be well worth it → en valoir amplement la peine
to be worth a visit → mériter le déplacement
to be well worth a visit → mériter amplement le déplacement
This restaurant is well worth a visit → Ce restaurant mérite amplement le déplacement.
to be worth the effort → en valoir la peine
to be well worth the effort → en valoir amplement la peine
to be worth doing → valoir la peine d'être fait(e)
He's decided to see if the house might be worth buying
BUT Il a décidé de voir si cela valait la peine d'acheter la maison.
it's not worth your while → ça ne vaut pas la peine
do you think it's worth my while? → tu crois que ça vaut la peine?
to be worth sb's while to do sth
It will be well worth your while to track down these treasures → Vous auriez tout à gagner à retrouver ces trésors.
It would be worth your while to do something about the problem → Vous gagneriez à traiter ce problème.
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wert; it’s worth £5es ist £ 5 wert; it’s not worth £5es ist keine £ 5 wert; what’s this worth?was or wie viel ist das wert?; it can’t be worth that!so viel kann es unmöglich wert sein; it’s worth a great deal to mees ist mir viel wert; (sentimentally) → es bedeutet mir sehr viel; what’s it worth to me to do that? (in money) → was springt für mich dabei heraus? (inf); (in advantages) → was bringt es mir, wenn ich das tue?; will you do this for me? — what’s it worth to you?tust du das für mich? — was ist es dir wert?; he was worth a millioner besaß eine Million; he’s worth all his brothers put togetherer ist so viel wert wie all seine Brüder zusammen; for all one is worthso sehr man nur kann; to sing for all one is worthaus voller Kehle or vollem Halse singen; you need to exploit the idea for all it’s worthdu musst aus der Idee machen, was du nur kannst; for what it’s worth, I personally don’t think …wenn mich einer fragt, ich persönlich glaube nicht, dass …; I’ll tell you this for what it’s worthich sage dir das, ich weiß nicht, ob was dran ist; that’s my opinion for what it’s worthdas ist meine bescheidene Meinung; it’s more than my life/job is worth to tell youich sage es dir nicht, dazu ist mir mein Leben zu lieb/dazu liegt mir zu viel an meiner Stelle
(= deserving, meriting)wert; to be worth itsich lohnen; to be worth somethingetw wert sein; it’s not worth ites lohnt sich nicht; it’s not worth the troublees ist der Mühe nicht wert; the museum is worth a visitdas Museum ist einen Besuch wert; the book is worth readingdas Buch ist lesenswert; life isn’t worth livingdas Leben ist nicht lebenswert; is there anything worth seeing in this town?gibt es in dieser Stadt etwas Sehenswertes?; it’s a film worth seeinges lohnt sich, diesen Film anzusehen; hardly worth mentioningkaum der Rede wert; an experience worth havingeine lohnenswerte Erfahrung; it’s not worth havinges ist nichts; if a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing wellwennschon, dennschon ? salt N a, while N c
nWert m; hundreds of pounds’ worth of booksBücher im Werte von hunderten von Pfund; a man of great worthein sehr wertvoller Mensch; to show one’s true worthzeigen, was man wirklich wert ist, seinen wahren Wert zeigen; to increase in worthim Wert steigen; what’s the current worth of this?wie viel ist das momentan wert? ? money
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1. adj to be worthvalere
how much is it worth? → quanto vale?
it's worth £5 → vale 5 sterline
it's worth a great deal → vale molto
it's worth a great deal to me (sentimentally) → ha un gran valore per me
he is worth his weight in gold → vale tanto oro quanto pesa
I'll tell you this for what it's worth → ti dico questo, per quello che può valere
what's it worth to you? → che valore ha per te?
to run for all one is worth → correre a gambe levate
it hardly seemed worth mentioning → non mi sembrava abbastanza importante da parlarne
it's well worth the effort/expense → vale lo sforzo/la spesa
it's not worth the paper it's written on → non vale nemmeno la carta su cui è scritto
it's worth it → ne vale la pena
it's not worth it, it's not worth the trouble → non ne vale la pena
it's more than my life is worth → non oserei mai
is it worth doing? → vale la pena di farlo?
2. nvalore m
50 pence worth of apples → 50 pence di mele
he had no chance to show his true worth → non ebbe occasione di mostrare quanto valeva
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(wəːθ) noun
value. These books are of little or no worth; She sold fifty dollars' worth of tickets.
1. equal in value to. Each of these stamps is worth a cent.
2. good enough for. His suggestion is worth considering: The exhibition is well worth a visit.
ˈworthless adjective
of no value. worthless old coins.
ˈworthlessly adverb
ˈworthlessness noun
ˈworthy (-ði) adjective
1. good and deserving. I willingly give money to a worthy cause.
2. (with of) deserving. She was not worthy of the honour given to her.
3. (with of) typical of, suited to, or in keeping with. a performance worthy of a champion.
4. of great enough importance etc. She was not thought worthy to be presented to the king.
nounplural ˈworthies
a highly respected person.
ˈworthily adverb
ˈworthiness noun
1. deserving; fit for. a blameworthy act.
2. fit for its appropriate use. a seaworthy ship.
worthˈwhile adjective
deserving attention, time and effort etc. a worthwhile cause; It isn't worthwhile to ask him – he'll only refuse.
for all one is worth
using all one's efforts, strength etc. He swam for all he was worth towards the shore.
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قِيمَة hodnota værd Wert αντίτιμο valía, valor arvo valeur vrijednost valore 資産 가치 waarde verdi warty valor ценность värde มูลค่า değer giá trị 价值
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References in classic literature ?
* Not quite $40,000 were allowed for furs worth upwards of
"Because the forest is worth at least a hundred and fifty roubles the acre," answered Levin.
Some day those pictures will be worth more than all you have in your shop.
Sir Alfred ate soup for several moments as though it were the best soup on earth and nothing else was worth consideration.
But it is evident from what has been said, that among equals it is neither advantageous nor [1288a] right that one person should be lord over all where there are no established laws, but his will is the law; or where there are; nor is it right that one who is good should have it over those who are good; or one who is not good over those who are not good; nor one who is superior to the rest In worth, except in a particular manner, which shall be described, though indeed it has been already mentioned.
Not that it did the least good in the way of prevention--it might almost have been worth remarking that the fact was exactly the reverse--but, it cleared off (as to this world) the trouble of each particular case, and left nothing else connected with it to be looked after.
"Just the same, Killeny, my son," he told Michael as they went to bed, "I think you an' me are worth more than five dollars a turn.
But, at a period of prosperity like that which prevailed in 1832, 3, 4, 5, and 6, the hereditary dollar was not worth more than twelve and a half cents, as compared with the "inventoried" dollar.
I asked him what he thought the plantation might be worth. He said, if I would let it out, he would give me about #60 a year for it; but if I would live on it, then it would be worth much more, and, he believed, would bring me in about #150 a year.
In all the next three years they gave me no trouble worth mentioning.
"Family connexions were always worth preserving, good company always worth seeking; Lady Dalrymple had taken a house, for three months, in Laura Place, and would be living in style.
We plowed along bravely for a week or more, and without any conflict of jurisdiction among the captains worth mentioning.