devalue

verb de·val·ue \ (ˌ)dē-ˈval-(ˌ)yü \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of devalue

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

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First Known Use of devalue

1918


DEVALUE Defined for English Language Learners

devalue

verb

Definition of devalue for English Language Learners

  • 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


Law Dictionary

devalue

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

legal Definition of devalue

devalued; devaluing
1 : to institute the devaluation of (money)
2 : to lessen the value of
  • devaluing assets


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