devalue

verb
de·val·ue | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈval-(ˌ)yü \

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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The yuan—which in February reached its highest level since China’s central bank devalued it in August 2015—has pulled back a bit in recent months during the dollar rally. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "How China’s Yuan Is Outperforming Major Currencies," 6 June 2018 Shortly after, the company's stocks fell almost 4 percent, devaluing it by about $600 million. Erin Reimel, Glamour, "Here's Why You Won't See Chrissy Teigen on Snapchat Anymore," 25 Mar. 2018 Forex agents use wheelbarrows to transfer stacks of devalued currency for customers in the money-exchange district of Hargeisa. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "An Isolated Country Runs on Mobile Money," 8 July 2018 Ellison’s work often challenged characterization—and sometimes coherency—even as the author also railed against publishers and media companies that devalued his and others’ contributions. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "5 Great Works From Acclaimed Sci-Fi Author Harlan Ellison, Who Died at 84," 29 June 2018 Lacking control over interest rates and the ability to devalue their currencies, some countries struggled to cope with violent economic shocks. The Economist, "France and Germany finally have a common position on euro-zone reform," 21 June 2018 But one gauge of the Chinese currency’s strength indicates no efforts to devalue this year. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Investors Worry About China Devaluing the Yuan, but the Currency is Rising," 20 June 2018 Soros rose to fame as the man who broke the Bank of England in 1992, netting $1 billion with a bet that the U.K. would be forced to devalue the pound. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg," 14 May 2018 Many other foreign leaders have agreed that China unfairly subsidizes its businesses and has at times devalued its currency to boost exports, but most have favored a multi-national approach to apply pressure on Beijing. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "China hits back on U.S. tariffs, Dow falls nearly 500 points," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of devalue

1918, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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 \
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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