devalue

verb
de·​val·​ue | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈval-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce devalue (audio) \
devalued; devaluing; devalues

Definition of devalue

transitive verb

1 : to institute the devaluation of (money)
2 : to lessen the value of

intransitive verb

: to institute devaluation

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Examples of devalue in a Sentence

The government has decided to devalue its currency. Economic woes forced the government to devalue. He argues that placing too many requirements on schools devalues the education they provide.
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If the United States government unilaterally decided to devalue its currency, other countries would probably follow. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump want a weaker US dollar. That could backfire," 6 June 2019 Pro-Brexit politicians routinely argue that devaluing the pound will boost exports, but this ignores all the evidence and two generations of transformation in the British economy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Brexiteers for Argentina," 13 Feb. 2019 Uzbekistan has eased some travel restrictions and in 2018 freed up its exchange rate and allowed its currency to devalue. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Uzbekistan Makes International Bond Debut Amid Emerging Market Rally," 14 Feb. 2019 Colbert said the team will not devalue Brown and will not release him under any circumstances. Will Graves, The Seattle Times, "Steelers won’t tag Bell; will explore trade for Brown," 20 Feb. 2019 Sharing a common currency meant countries in Southern Europe couldn’t devalue national currencies to gain a competitive edge. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "A Tale of Two Companies—and Two Countries," 20 Jan. 2019 Supporters of stringent licensing say schools that hire teachers without certification are devaluing the profession, but critics say that a teacher doesn’t have to be certified to be effective. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "About a quarter of D.C. Public Schools lack required certification," 21 June 2018 But this fact in no way devalues her character or the series. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Midge Maisel Isn’t the Feminist Hero You’re Looking For—and That’s Okay," 6 Dec. 2018 The rescission of the Obama administration’s framework for launching cyberattacks comes amid concerns that the Trump White House had devalued cybersecurity as an important national security priority. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "Trump Move to Loosen U.S. Use of Cyberweapons Prompts Intrigue," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of devalue

1918, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near devalue

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Devanagari

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The first known use of devalue was in 1918

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devalue

verb

English Language Learners 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

devalue

transitive verb
de·​val·​ue | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈval-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce devalue (audio) \
devalued; devaluing

Legal Definition of devalue

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

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