Definition of worthwhile in US English:

worthwhile

adjective

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

    ‘extra lighting would make a worthwhile contribution to road safety’
    • ‘Young people had something worthwhile and meaningful to do during the long summer break.’
    • ‘Staff feedback proved the event was a worthwhile and valued learning experience.’
    • ‘If I can change just one person's mind, then my speaking out will have been worthwhile.’
    • ‘The best way to cut truancy rates is to make school worthwhile for all pupils.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Questions were thrown at me on a subject until I could give no more worthwhile answers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How very refreshing in this day and age to see something worthwhile and honest.’
    • ‘Two Bristol racers made the long trip worthwhile with both claiming the veteran prizes.’
    • ‘The Internet became truly worthwhile at last and I was a very happy customer indeed.’
    • ‘Are the musicians at the airport a waste of money or worthwhile entertainment for our visitors?’
    • ‘All the effort was made worthwhile as Heaton again ran half the field for his second try.’
    • ‘Companies at the Grammy gifting lounge said the fee for participation was worthwhile.’
    • ‘It takes a speech like this evening's to restore my faith in the fact what I am doing is worthwhile.’
    • ‘We thought this would be a fun way of raising some money for a worthwhile cause.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The disc of reissues contains almost as many worthwhile pieces as the newcomer.’
    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

The adjective worthwhile is used both attributively (that is, before the noun) and predicatively (that is, when it stands alone and comes after the verb). In both positions, it is always correct as one word (a worthwhile book; we didn't think it was worthwhile), but when used predicatively, it may also be written as two words: we didn't think it was worth while

Pronunciation

worthwhile

/ˌwərTHˈ(h)wīl//ˌwərθˈ(h)waɪl/