The noun worth refers to the monetary value of something. If your grandmother gives you a strange old coin from her collection, you can have it appraised to determine its worth.

The noun worth also means the inherent value of something based on the qualities of excellence, usefulness or importance. Don't underestimate your worth to the group; the whole bake sale would have fallen apart without you, and your brownies were delicious. As an adjective worth describes something that has a value or deserves to be treated a certain way, like when your hard work baking is worth the effort.

Definitions of worth

n the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful

ineptitude, worthlessness
having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful
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the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable
merit, virtue
any admirable quality or attribute
demerit, fault
the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection
the property of deserving praise
value sufficient to repay time or effort spent
the high value or worth of something
invaluableness, preciousness, pricelessness, valuableness
the positive quality of being precious and beyond value
cost, monetary value, price
the property of having material worth (often indicated by the amount of money something would bring if sold)
cost, price, toll
value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something
the quality of having high intrinsic value
the quality of being important and worthy of note
the quality of not being important or worthy of note
national income
the total value of all income in a nation (wages and profits and interest and rents and pension payments) during a given period (usually 1 yr)
GNP, gross national product
former measure of the United States economy; the total market value of goods and services produced by all citizens and capital during a given period (usually 1 yr)
GDP, gross domestic product
the measure of an economy adopted by the United States in 1991; the total market values of goods and services produced by workers and capital within a nation's borders during a given period (usually 1 year)
face value, nominal value, par value
the value of a security that is set by the company issuing it; unrelated to market value
book value
the value at which an asset is carried on a balance sheet; equals cost minus accumulated depreciation
market price, market value
the price at which buyers and sellers trade the item in an open marketplace
monetary standard, standard
the value behind the money in a monetary system
Type of:
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

n an indefinite quantity of something having a specified value

“10 dollars worth of gasoline”
ha'p'orth, halfpennyworth
the amount that can be bought for a halfpenny
penn'orth, pennyworth
the amount that can be bought for a penny
Type of:
indefinite quantity
an estimated quantity

adj having a specified value

“not worth his salt”
worth her weight in gold”
having great material or monetary value especially for use or exchange

adj worthy of being treated in a particular way

“an idea worth considering”
having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable

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