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 The problem with this model is that there seems to be more crappy teams than ever, which is painful for their paying customers, and threatens to devalue the overall product. Sean Gregory, Time, "This Year's World Series Has All the Makings of a Classic. Here's What to Know," 22 Oct. 2019 In response, China allowed its currency to devalue, which has the effect of partially neutralizing the tariffs. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Mortgage rates falling at the steepest rate in seven years," 8 Aug. 2019 President Donald Trump recently said a currency intervention, in which the United States moves to devalue the US dollar, remains on the table. 2. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "US-China currency fight; Market scare; Fed warning," 6 Aug. 2019 And his rhetorical attempt to devalue their citizenship sounds like birtherism on steroids — or, to put it more bluntly, identity politics for white folks. Clarence Page,, "Column: Donald Trump’s cheap shots reveal a very weak man," 12 July 2019 Granting rights outside the human sphere would shrivel the robustness of the concept much as wild inflation devalues currency. Wesley J. Smith, National Review, "Chimpanzee Liberation? Why Animal Rights and Human Rights Cannot Coexist," 15 Aug. 2019 The Raiders have a core of wonderfully loyal fans, Oakland (and Bay Area) fans, although Davis devalues them by lumping them in with Raiders fans the world over. Scott Ostler,, "Raiders’ departure from Oakland lacks pride, poise, plan," 6 Sep. 2019 Despite evidence to the contrary in recent years, Trump has continued to complain that China devalues its currency to make the country more competitive. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "The United States and China may be headed for a currency war," 5 Aug. 2019 Economists and columnists who should know better still claim the euro’s fatal flaw is that struggling economies can’t devalue their way back to prosperity. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Euro’s Next 20 Years," 30 Dec. 2018

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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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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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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