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

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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First Known Use of devalue

1918, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Devalue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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