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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And so, this statement, that seems very anodyne and something that nobody could be against, actually wound up being used to devalue what the Black Lives Matter movement was telling us. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "A fatal police shooting has upended Mayor Pete Buttigieg's campaign. Here's what you need to know.," 24 June 2019 Washington — Oberlin College has an admirable liberal past and a contemptible progressive present that will devalue its degrees far into the future. George Will, National Review, "Oberlin Has Graduated from Self-Caricature to Disgrace," 20 June 2019 Oberlin College has an admirable liberal past and a contemptible progressive present that will devalue its degrees far into the future. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Oberlin has graduated from self-caricature to disgrace," 20 June 2019 For the novel today, the more valid aesthetic and ethical questions concern the possibility of speaking about trauma without commodifying or further devaluing it. Merve Emre, The New York Review of Books, "‘Dismembered, Relocated, Rearranged’," 6 June 2019 Georgetown University law professor Paul Butler said the law does have a racially disparate effect that devalues black life. Fox News, "Father blames 'stand your ground' in son's parking-lot death," 9 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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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