worth Definition

  • 1having a value of a particular amount of money
  • 2deserving to be given attention, noticed, or taken seriously
  • 3having the qualities or abilities that merit recognition in a specified way

Using worth: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "worth" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The painting is worth millions of dollars.

  • Example

    This book is worth reading.

  • Example

    She is a person worth knowing.

  • Example

    It's not worth the trouble.

worth Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with worth

  • worth one's salt

    deserving of one's pay or position


    As a teacher, he is worth his salt.

  • extremely valuable or helpful


    Her assistant is worth her weight in gold.

  • worth trying, even if the chance of success is low


    I don't know if I can fix it, but it's worth a shot.

Origins of worth

from Old English 'weorþ', meaning 'value, price, worth'


Summary: worth in Brief

The term 'worth' [wɜːθ] refers to something having a particular monetary or non-monetary value, deserving attention or recognition. It can describe objects like 'The painting is worth millions of dollars,' people like 'She is a person worth knowing,' and actions like 'It's not worth the trouble.' Phrases like 'worth one's salt' and 'worth a shot' add nuance to the concept.

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