Definition of worthwhile in US English:

worthwhile

(also worth while, worth one's while)

adjective

  • Worth the time, money, or effort spent; of value or importance.

    ‘extra lighting would make a worthwhile contribution to road safety’
    ‘this attitude could doom a very worthwhile project to extinction’
    ‘if even one life is saved by the program then all the hard work has been well worth while’
    ‘it might be worth your while to spend some time clarifying your objectives’
    • ‘He said the scheme was worthwhile and the county council still hoped to work with the parish council.’
    • ‘Both managers lavished praise on their players for serving up a worthwhile spectacle.’
    • ‘The disc of reissues contains almost as many worthwhile pieces as the newcomer.’
    • ‘Young people had something worthwhile and meaningful to do during the long summer break.’
    • ‘It takes a speech like this evening's to restore my faith in the fact what I am doing is worthwhile.’
    • ‘Are the musicians at the airport a waste of money or worthwhile entertainment for our visitors?’
    • ‘The Internet became truly worthwhile at last and I was a very happy customer indeed.’
    • ‘Staff feedback proved the event was a worthwhile and valued learning experience.’
    • ‘All the effort was made worthwhile as Heaton again ran half the field for his second try.’
    • ‘The best way to cut truancy rates is to make school worthwhile for all pupils.’
    • ‘We have had very positive feedback so far and they do seem to think it is valuable and worthwhile.’
    • ‘Neither side deserved a victory and they barely created a worthwhile chance between them.’
    • ‘Companies at the Grammy gifting lounge said the fee for participation was worthwhile.’
    • ‘Questions were thrown at me on a subject until I could give no more worthwhile answers.’
    • ‘This tour is a worthwhile experiment and the comics paid their due to the show that made it possible.’
    • ‘He helps give the children a worthwhile interest while encouraging them to be fit and healthy.’
    • ‘If I can change just one person's mind, then my speaking out will have been worthwhile.’
    • ‘How very refreshing in this day and age to see something worthwhile and honest.’
    • ‘We thought this would be a fun way of raising some money for a worthwhile cause.’
    • ‘Two Bristol racers made the long trip worthwhile with both claiming the veteran prizes.’
    valuable, of value, worth it, worth the effort, useful, of use, usable, of service, beneficial, rewarding, advantageous, positive, helpful, of help, of assistance, purposeful, profitable, gainful, fruitful, productive, constructive, effective, efficacious, effectual, justifiable, significant, important, substantial, meaningful, worthy
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Usage

When the adjective worthwhile is used attributively (i.e. before the noun) it is always written as one word: a worthwhile cause. However, when it is used predicatively (i.e. it stands alone and comes after the verb) it may be written as either one or two words: we didn't think it was worthwhile/worth while

Pronunciation

worthwhile

/ˌwərθˈ(h)waɪl//ˌwərTHˈ(h)wīl/