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Definition of worthwhile adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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important, enjoyable, interesting, etc.; worth spending time, money, or effort on It was in support of a worthwhile cause (= a charity, etc.) The smile on her face made it all worthwhile. We all felt we had done something worthwhile for the local community. worthwhile for somebody to do something High prices at home make it worthwhile for buyers to look overseas. worthwhile to do something It is worthwhile to include really high-quality illustrations. worthwhile doing something It didn't seem worthwhile writing it all out again. This word can be written worth while, except when it is used before a noun.
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