I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English weorthan; akin to Old High German werdan to become, Latin vertere to turn, Lithuanian versti to overturn, Sanskrit vartate he turns Date: before 12th century archaic become — usually used in the phrase woe worth II. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English weorth worthy, of (a specified) value; akin to Old High German werd worthy, worth Date: before 12th century 1. archaic having monetary or material value 2. archaic estimable III. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. monetary value <
farmhouse and lands of little worth
b. the equivalent of a specified amount or figure <
a dollar's worth of gas
2. the value of something measured by its qualities or by the esteem in which it is held <
a literary heritage of great worth
3. a. moral or personal value <
trying to teach human worth
b. merit, excellence <
a field in which we have proved our worth
4. wealth, riches IV. preposition Date: 13th century 1. a. equal in value to b. having assets or income equal to 2. deserving of <
well worth the effort

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