Share this entry

worth Syllabification: worth

Definition of worth in English:


1Equivalent in value to the sum or item specified: jewelry worth $450 was taken
More example sentences
  • Each authority will end up with separate contracts and their total value will be worth more than £100m a year.
  • However, the modern Dutch cow creamer is worth one-tenth the value of an 18th century English one.
  • Then, one barrel of oil was worth the equivalent of $80 in today's terms.
1.1Sufficiently good, important, or interesting to justify a specified action; deserving to be treated or regarded in the way specified: the museums in the district are well worth a visit
More example sentences
  • Their websites in themselves are quite interesting and worth a visit.
  • They only wanted one segment from New Zealand and had chosen me as the only character here interesting enough to be worth filming.
  • An ancient Jain Temple and a temple of Har-Gauri are important spots worth seeing.
1.2Used to suggest that the specified course of action may be advisable: a meat and potato dish that’s worth checking out
More example sentences
  • As the banks vary these extras from one year to the next, it is worth checking that cover is in place for driving on the continent.
  • Is it worth paying thousands of pounds for a small triangle of land?
  • Is it worth setting up an elaborate structure without knowing the commercial value of its intended output?
1.3Having income or property amounting to a specified sum: she is worth $10 million
More example sentences
  • So you are saying that a human life is worth a specific amount of money?
  • If you're worth that amount of money, you tell people what you really think.
  • Let's just put that into perspective for a second Chelsea are a team who are made up of several international and high value players worth millions.


Back to top  
1The value equivalent to that of someone or something under consideration; the level at which someone or something deserves to be valued or rated: they had to listen to every piece of gossip and judge its worth
More example sentences
  • Assess your job role now, compared to what it was when you started, so that you can put a value on your current worth.
  • There have been countless arguments over the years about the worth of level wind mechanisms on boat fishing reels.
  • A moral criterion is the measure we use for determining the value or worth of an action, principle, rule or attitude.
1.1An amount of a commodity equivalent to a specified sum of money: he admitted stealing 10,000 dollars' worth of computer systems
More example sentences
  • In total, I had technically lost nearly four hundred dollars worth of money.
  • Printing up trillions of dollars' worth of new money was bound to have an effect.
  • There's more than half-a-million pounds' worth of prize money for these first three races.
valuation, quotation, estimate
1.2The amount that could be achieved or produced in a specified time: the companies have debts greater than two years' worth of their sales
More example sentences
  • I'm back from my vacation and just spent the last hour or two catching up on a week's worth of Power Line.
  • One even had a year's worth of transactions with account numbers from a cash machine in Illinois.
  • To get a decent sense of the trend, calculate at least two years' worth of quarterly inventory sales numbers.
1.3High value or merit: he is noble and gains his position by showing his inner worth
More example sentences
  • Given the context of a man seemingly re-evaluating his sense of inner worth, how does he feel now about his music having been used in car adverts?
  • It takes years to build up your image and esteem to the point where the your inner sense of worth meets your outer sense.
  • We have always tried to make her see that the inner worth of people is what is important, not the expensive trappings on the outside.
benefit, advantage, use, value, virtue, utility, service, profit, help, aid;
desirability, appeal;
significance, sense
informal mileage, percentage
archaic behoof
worthiness, merit, value, excellence, caliber, quality, stature, eminence, consequence, importance, significance, distinction


Old English w(e)orth (adjective and noun), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch waard and German wert.


for all someone is worth

1As energetically or enthusiastically as someone can: he thumps the drums for all he’s worth
More example sentences
  • Let him not worry if he cannot avoid killing the snake, but try for all he is worth to overcome the anger and ill-will of men by his patient endeavour as a first step towards cultivating universal love.
  • Just when things look darkest, there is a glimmer of hope, and the good guy decides he is going to fight for all he is worth to get what he wants.
  • Haircuts have always been something my son is extremely resistive to that he tends to fight for all he is worth.
2So as to obtain everything one can from someone: the youths milked him for all he was worth and then disappeared
More example sentences
  • Sue him for all he is worth, and take back every penny you ever gave this scrub of a human.
  • If you want to experience Beethoven for all he is worth using your best acoustic resources, then you probably will be able to find better recordings of each individual piece.

for what it is worth

Used to present a comment, suggestion, or opinion without making a claim as to its importance or validity: for what it’s worth, she’s very highly thought of abroad
More example sentences
  • My own opinion, for what it is worth, is that Ethel was almost certainly guilty.
  • My advice, for what it is worth, is that you should confine yourself to telling the story, entering the minds of the leading characters from time to time, and telling us what they are thinking and feeling.
  • I know there will be a good many people who will say I'm not right, but for what it is worth, I tell you I'm not wrong either.

worth it

informal Sufficiently good, enjoyable, or successful to repay any effort, trouble, or expense: it requires a bit of patience to learn, but it’s well worth it
More example sentences
  • It turns out that Louise is having a ball, and her efforts have been worth it for the ego boost alone.
  • We face the trek back up the beach now, but I decide that on balance the effort has been worth it.
  • It was quite expensive but still worth it, I thought, for the freedom it would give me.

worth one's salt

see salt.

worth one's while (or worth while)

see while.

Words that rhyme with worth

berth, birth, dearth, earth, firth, girth, mirth, Perth

Definition of worth in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day innocuous
Pronunciation: ɪˈnɒkjʊəs
not harmful or offensive