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[wurth-hwahyl, -wahyl] /ˈwɜrθˈʰwaɪl, -ˈwaɪl/
such as to repay one's time, attention, interest, work, trouble, etc.:
a worthwhile book.
Origin of worthwhile
1865-70; worth1 + while
Related forms
worthwhileness, noun
valuable, rewarding, beneficial. Unabridged
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  • When you turn your technique into lightness, that's what is worthwhile.
  • We all draw the line somewhere as to which traditions are worthwhile and to what degree.
  • Apparently, the reachers envisioned themselves creating a worthwhile study but failed miserably.
  • There simply aren't enough jobs to make it worthwhile.
  • Hikers can easily judge for themselves if the effort was worthwhile.
  • Well, for me, reading the prior commentators excellent comments made it all worthwhile.
  • The idea is to make the platform worthwhile for advertisers, who are loathe to have to manage campaigns across dozens of carriers.
  • His results had been deemed normal, prompting people to question how worthwhile this test could be.
  • As a result, financial resources remain abundant for businesses with a worthwhile plan and strategy.
  • Reducing those emissions remains important, and efforts to that end are still worthwhile.
British Dictionary definitions for worthwhile


sufficiently important, rewarding, or valuable to justify time or effort spent
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Word Origin and History for worthwhile

1884, from worth (adj.) + while. Phrase worth the while is attested from late 14c.

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