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devalue

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verb de·val·ue \(ˌ)dē-ˈval-(ˌ)yü\

Simple Definition of devalue

  • finance : to lower the value of a country's money so that it is worth less when it is traded with another country's money

  • : to cause (something or someone) to seem or to be less valuable or important

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of devalue

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to institute the devaluation of (money)

  3. 2 :  to lessen the value of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to institute devaluation

Examples of devalue in a sentence

  1. The government has decided to devalue its currency.

  2. Economic woes forced the government to devalue.

  3. He argues that placing too many requirements on schools devalues the education they provide.



1918

First Known Use of devalue

1918


Law Dictionary

devalue

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transitive verb de·val·ue \(ˌ)dē-ˈval-(ˌ)yü\

Legal Definition of devalue

devalueddevaluing

  1. 1 :  to institute the devaluation of (money)

  2. 2 :  to lessen the value of <devaluing assets>





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