worth1 W2S1 [wə:θ US wə:rθ] prep
[: Old English; Origin: weorth 'worthy, of a particular value']
1.) be worth sth
a) to have a value in money
The house must be worth quite a lot of money now.
One of the pictures is worth £50,000.
Do you know how much the ring is worth ?
This art collection is worth a fortune (=worth a very large amount of money) .
be worth nothing/not be worth anything
It's a very old machine so I shouldn't think it's worth anything.
b) to have money or possessions that have value
I've heard that he's worth over $2 million.
The man who founded the company must be worth a fortune .
2.) be worth (doing) sth
a) used to say that something is interesting, useful, or helpful
A lot of the small towns in the area are definitely worth visiting.
The film is well worth seeing.
worth a trip/visit etc
The local museum is worth a visit.
b) used to say that someone should do something because they will gain something from it
it is worth doing sth
It's worth checking the details of the contract before you sign it.
It's well worth getting there early if you want a good seat.
be worth the time/effort/work
It was a great evening, and definitely worth all the hard work.
3.) be worth it informal
used to say that you gain something from an action
It was a lot of hard work, but it was worth it .
4.) be not worth it informal
used to say that you do not gain anything from an action
I thought about trying to talk to him about it, but decided it wasn't worth it .
5.) be worth sb's while (to do/doing sth)
spoken used to say that someone should spend time or money on something because they will gain something from it
It might be worth your while to talk to the head of department.
Some people feel it's not worth their while working if they can get money from the state.
6.) make it worth sb's while
spoken to offer something to someone so that they will do something for you
He promised to make it worth our while.
7.) what's it worth (to you)?
spoken used humorously to ask someone how they will reward you if you do something for them
8.) for what it's worth
spoken used when you are giving someone information, to say that you are not sure how useful it is
Here's the list of names, for what it's worth.
9.) for all you are/he is etc worth
with as much effort as possible
He was pulling the rope for all he was worth.
10.) worth his/her salt
doing their job well or deserving respect
Any player worth his salt would love to play for his country.
Use worth followed by an amount to say how much money people would pay for something : a necklace worth $10,000
!! Worth is never a verb : The house is worth (NOT The house worths) over a million pounds.
WORD CHOICE:worth, value
Worth can be used as a noun to talk about how much money something is worth, but it is more usual to use value : The value of the property has doubled. | The current value of the car is about £1,000.
Worth and value can be used as nouns to talk about how good or useful someone or something is : He has demonstrated his worth/value to the company.
worth 2
worth2 W3 n [U]
[: Old English; Origin: weorth]
1.) ten pounds' worth/$500 worth etc of sth
an amount of something worth ten pounds, $500 etc
a chance to win £2000 worth of computing equipment
The fire caused thousands of pounds' worth of damage.
2.) ten minutes' worth/a week's worth etc of sth
something that takes ten minutes, a week etc to happen, do, or use
We had only three days' worth of food left.
3.) how good or useful something is or how important it is to people
= ↑value
The new computer system has already proved its worth.
4.) how much money something is worth
= ↑value
It is difficult to estimate the current worth of the company.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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