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Definition of worthwhile adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

worthwhile

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌwɜːθˈwaɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌwɜːrθˈwaɪl//
 
 
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important, enjoyable, interesting, etc.; worth spending time, money or effort on It was in aid 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 in the UK make it worthwhile for buyers to look abroad. 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.Extra examples Their gratitude made it all worthwhile. You might find it worthwhile to consult a financial adviser. pursuing socially worthwhile goals the pursuit of socially worthwhile goals It didn’t seem worthwhile writing it all out again. It is worthwhile to include really high-quality illustrations. a worthwhile cause/​discussion/​job
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: worthwhile