Worth while
Worth Worth, a. [OE. worth, wur[thorn], AS. weor[eth], wurE; akin to OFries. werth, OS. wer[eth], D. waard, OHG. werd, G. wert, werth, Icel. ver[eth]r, Sw. v["a]rd, Dan. v[ae]rd, Goth. wa['i]rps, and perhaps to E. wary. Cf. {Stalwart}, {Ware} an article of merchandise, {Worship}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Valuable; of worthy; estimable; also, worth while. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

It was not worth to make it wise. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. Equal in value to; furnishing an equivalent for; proper to be exchanged for. [1913 Webster]

A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

All our doings without charity are nothing worth. --Bk. of Com. Prayer. [1913 Webster]

If your arguments produce no conviction, they are worth nothing to me. --Beattie. [1913 Webster]

3. Deserving of; -- in a good or bad sense, but chiefly in a good sense. [1913 Webster]

To reign is worth ambition, though in hell. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

This is life indeed, life worth preserving. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

4. Having possessions equal to; having wealth or estate to the value of. [1913 Webster]

At Geneva are merchants reckoned worth twenty hundred crowns. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

{Worth while}, or {Worth the while}. See under {While}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • Worth while — While While, n. [AS. hw[=i]l; akin to OS. hw[=i]l, hw[=i]la, OFries. hw[=i]le, D. wigl, G. weile, OHG. w[=i]la, hw[=i]la, hw[=i]l, Icel. hv[=i]la a bed, hv[=i]ld rest, Sw. hvila, Dan. hvile, Goth. hweila a time, and probably to L. quietus quiet,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • worth-while — worth|while or worth while «WURTH HWYL», adjective. worth time, attention, or effort; having real merit: »He ought to spend his time on some worthwhile reading. SYNONYM(S): valuable, useful. –worth´while´ness, –worth´ while´ness, noun. Usage… …   Useful english dictionary

  • worth|while — or worth while «WURTH HWYL», adjective. worth time, attention, or effort; having real merit: »He ought to spend his time on some worthwhile reading. SYNONYM(S): valuable, useful. –worth´while´ness, –worth´ while´ness, noun. Usage …   Useful english dictionary

  • worth while — worth while, worthwhile The traditional distinction is to use the two word form predicatively (i.e. after a verb, as in The experiment was worth while) and the one word form attributively (i.e. before a noun, as in a worthwhile experiment).… …   Modern English usage

  • worth while — ► worth while (or worth one s while) worth the time or effort spent. Main Entry: ↑while …   English terms dictionary

  • worth while — british phrase another way of writing worthwhile Thesaurus: useful and effective and working correctlysynonym Main entry: worth …   Useful english dictionary

  • worth while — worth (your) while of benefit to you. It would be worth your while to see if you can still get tickets to the show. You could make this trip more worth your while if you arranged to see more than one client …   New idioms dictionary

  • worth while — British another way of writing worthwhile …   English dictionary

  • worth·while — …   Useful english dictionary

  • worth´-while´ness — worth|while or worth while «WURTH HWYL», adjective. worth time, attention, or effort; having real merit: »He ought to spend his time on some worthwhile reading. SYNONYM(S): valuable, useful. –worth´while´ness, –worth´ while´ness, noun. Usage …   Useful english dictionary

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