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Worth, subst. 1) value, price: “not valued to the money's w.” LLL II, 137. “twenty times his w.” H6B III, 2, 268. “a silly time to make prescription for a kingdom's w.” H6C III, 3, 94. “not for the w. that hangs upon our quarrel,” Troil. II, 3, 217. “I should have lost the w. of it in gold,” Cymb. II, 4, 42. “had it been all the w. of's car,” V, 5, 191. a crown's w. (cf. Pennyworth) == as much as is worth a crown: “a crown's w. of good interpretation,” H4B II, 2, 99.
2) that which one is worth; substance, wealth: “to trust the opportunity of night . . . with the rich w. of your virginity,” Mids. II, 1, 219. “were my w. as is my conscience firm, you should find better dealing,” Tw. III, 3, 17. “they are but beggars that can count their w.” Rom. II, 6, 32. “he that helps him take all my outward w.” Lr. IV, 4, 10. “for the sea's w.” Oth. I, 2, 28.
3) valuable quality, worthiness, excellence: not the w. of my untutored lines, Lucr. Ded. Oth. I, 2, 28 “of small w. held,” Sonn. 2, 4. 16, 11. 62, 7. 83, 8. 116, 8. Compl. 210. Gent. II, 4, 71. Gent. II, 4, 71 Gent. II, 4, 71 III, 1, 65. III, 2, 55. Meas. I, 1, 9. V, 244. V, 244 Ado IV, 1, 28. Ado IV, 1, 28 LLL V, 2, 78. Merch. I, 1, 62. Alls III, 4, 15. R2 I, 1, 107. H6A IV, 5, 23. V, 3, 151. R3 IV, 5, 13. Troil. I, 3, 46. II, 2, 151. Cor. III, 3, 26 (he hath been used ever to have his w. of contradiction, i. e to gain reputation -- or to gain his point? -- by contradiction. Steevens' interpretation 'his full quota of contradiction', though plausible enough, is not sufficiently borne out by the collocation of the phrase). Cymb. III, 5, 89. Per. II, 4, 51 etc. of w. == precious; worthy: “stones of w.” Sonn. 52, 7. “an office of great w.” Gent. I, 2, 44. “a gentleman of w.” III, 1, 107. II, 4, 56. H6B III, 2, 410. Per. II, 1, 142.
4) desert, merit; that which gives worthiness: “as I all other in all --s surmount,” Sonn. 62, 8. the w. of that (the body) “is that which it contains,” 74, 13. “if any be of w. to undergo such ample grace,” Meas. I, 1, 23 (== if any deserve). “wilt thou undo the w. thou art unpaid for,” Cymb. V, 5, 307. Caes. III, 2, 225.
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