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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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 Critics, including movie theater operators, said MoviePass’ low pricing would devalue the moviegoing experience and lead to declines in attendance when the service eventually went away. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "MoviePass to shut down Saturday after failing to raise capital," 13 Sep. 2019 If passed by parliament and approved by lawmakers, Iran’s Central Bank would in effect devalue the rial and rename it as toman. Washington Post, "Iran moves to strike 4 zeroes from its battered currency," 21 Aug. 2019 The leak comes as Brexit critics warn that crashing out of the European Union without an agreement will damage the British economy, devalue its currency, and create instability. Hannah Knowles,, "Leaked memo says Britain faces economic, social chaos if it goes through with a ‘no-deal Brexit’," 18 Aug. 2019 TrackMan rewards the lazy catcher, the bad receiver, and devalues the good receivers, and that’s a big part of the game. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "As MLB's 'robo-ump' experiment unfolds, Atlantic League feeling the benefit – and downside – of an automated strike zone," 29 July 2019 And by devaluing suffrage by the 2014 requirement that candidates for the chief executive receive approval from a Beijing-loyal committee. George Will, National Review, "Hong Kong’s Summer of Heroic Dissent," 12 Sep. 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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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


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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