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adjective worth pronunciation in British English /wɜː(r)θ/
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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 pounds.It was a difficult journey, but it was worth it.The film was definitely worth seeing.
  1. 1
    if you say how much something is worth, you state its value in money
    How much do you reckon the house is worth?
    worth ten pounds/$100/a lot etc: a Gucci watch worth £1,000
    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.
    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 the effort/time/trouble: It’s a long way, and probably not worth the effort.
    it is worth doing something: It’s worth talking to your financial adviser before making your final decision.
    be worth it: It was hard work, but it was worth it in the end.
  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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