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adjective     worth pronunciation in American English
Worth usually follows the verb “to be” and is always followed by either a noun, pronoun, or number, or by the “-ing” form of a verb: The painting is probably worth thousands of dollars.It was a difficult trip, but it was worth it.The movie was definitely worth seeing.
  1. 1
    if you say how much something is worth, you state its value in money

    How much do you think the house is worth?

    worth ten pounds/$100/a lot etc.:

    a Gucci watch worth $1,500

    I didn’t think the furniture would be worth anything.

    worth a fortune (=worth a very large sum of money):

    The building itself must be worth a fortune.

  2. 2
    used for saying that there is a good enough reason for doing something, because it is important, enjoyable, useful, etc.
    be worth doing/having/seeing etc.:

    The book is definitely worth reading.

    We believe that our freedom is worth fighting for.

    it is worth doing something:

    It’s worth talking to your financial adviser before making your final decision.

    worth a try/visit/look:

    Owen’s plan was risky, but it was worth a try.

    well worth:

    The Museum of Fine Arts is well worth a visit.

    be worth it:

    It was hard work, but it was worth it in the end.

    be worth the effort/time/trouble:

    It’s a long way, and probably not worth the effort.

  3. 3
    used for saying how good, useful, or reliable someone or something is
    be worth something/a lot/a great deal etc.:

    She knows that her loyalty is worth a great deal to Charles.

    I’m afraid the government’s promises aren’t worth much.

  4. 4
    used for saying how rich someone is

    She is now worth 20 million dollars.

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