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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Recent Examples on the Web There is some concern over whether the new $10,000 licenses directly from the state will devalue current licenses held by restaurants often valued at $300,000, Wight said. Elyse Kelly, Washington Examiner, "New Mexico Restaurant Association CEO: Liquor license fee waiver a 'drop in the bucket'," 23 Mar. 2021 Taylor's death has led to widespread protests against the ways police and the criminal justice system can devalue Black people's lives. Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, "Breonna Taylor's boyfriend files federal lawsuit alleging Louisville police violated his rights during raid," 14 Mar. 2021 Some conservationists have used procedures that poison rhino horns to devalue the horn and deter ivory poaching. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Altered image shows rhino horns, elephant tusks dyed pink to deter poaching," 2 Mar. 2021 Expanding the playoffs by four teams won't devalue the regular season or strip it of drama, which has long been my concern. Star Tribune, "'It's time': College Football Playoff should expand to 8-team field as soon as possible," 11 Jan. 2021 Several other neighbors also spoke out against the change at the Parish Council meeting, saying that while the property owner was calling it a resort, RV parks are not resorts and that such a development would devalue their property. Sara Pagones, NOLA.com, "Plan to turn old golf course into RV park gets derailed by Parish Council," 8 Jan. 2021 Mind you, their worry isn’t about how climate change per se would devalue investments, which financial institutions already account for. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Your New Climate 401(k)," 15 Dec. 2020 The recent push stems from monetary policy trends in 2016 when, amid a recession, Nigeria’s government stubbornly refused to devalue the naira despite a widening gap between official and black market rates. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria’s defense of a spiraling naira and its multiple exchange rates isn’t working," 30 Nov. 2020 Otherwise, political pressures will lead central bankers to boost growth with excessive money printing and ultimately devalue their currency. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Palantir’s Eye-Popping Rally," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of devalue

1918, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of devalue was in 1918

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29 Mar 2021

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“Devalue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/devalue. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for devalue

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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