Say I was to describe someone (or something) as:

"Having a lot of value".

Could I also say:

"Having a lot of worth"

and mean the same thing?

Edit, another example:

"This document has value"


"This document has worth"

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No, the words worth and value are not directly interchangeable.

Consider the following phrases:

  • having a lot of value
  • they value your time
  • it was worth it

Each of the above phrases is idiomatic. But if you substitute worth and value for each other, you get

  • *having a lot of worth
  • *they worth your time
  • *it was value it

which are not idiomatic.


"Value" means it can be assigned a value -- ie, (possibly figuratively) you can exchange it for money or some other fungible good. "Worth" means that it serves a useful function (if only to make you feel good).


Yes, they are.

Mirriam Webster Simple Definition of worth. : an amount of something that has a specified value, that lasts for a specified length of time, etc. : the amount of money that something is worth. : usefulness or importance.

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