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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Recent Examples on the Web But after acknowledging that Thomas’ championship wins rank among the most notable in league history, the list devalued the importance of championships altogether. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Isiah Thomas ranked way too low in ESPN's NBA all-time player ranking," 20 May 2020 By proposing this seemingly race-neutral policy, leaders reinforced existing disparities that devalue Blackness and hinder Black wealth building. Tracey Ross, Essence, "For Black People, The Country Returning ‘Back To Normal’ Is Not Good Enough," 27 Apr. 2020 The crisis has exposed two weaknesses of the United States: the erratic leadership of President Trump, who has devalued scientific expertise, and deep structural problems like a dysfunctional health care system and a lack of a social safety net. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Italy, Ramadan: Your Friday Briefing," 23 Apr. 2020 Critics argued the move would devalue the awards by suggesting a movie couldn’t be both critically acclaimed and commercially popular. R.t. Watson, WSJ, "Oscar’s Biggest Comeback: the Blockbuster Nominee," 9 Feb. 2020 In a culture in which the size of one’s platform most clearly corresponds to the volume of one’s voice, overstatement has become a form of currency and reasoned perspective progressively devalued. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville coach Chris Mack isn't bothered by criticism ... and he also doesn't deserve it," 6 Jan. 2020 To let Garrett off with a slap on the wrist would devalue their discipline. Steve Chapman,, "Column: Excusing bad behavior only encourages worse, whether it happens in football, at war or in the White House," 22 Nov. 2019 Returning to a culture that devalues public transit and increases suburban sprawl is one of the biggest risks of this climate moment, said Brent Toderian, who was the chief city planner for Vancouver, British Columbia. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "Telecommuting Could Outlive the Pandemic, Lowering Emissions," 30 Apr. 2020 Consider that the markets plunged by 13% in six weeks in August 2015 after China devalued its currency. cleveland, "What investors should do to cope with a plunging stock market," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of devalue

1918, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Devalue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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
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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