val·​o·​rize | \ ˈva-lə-ˌrīz How to pronounce valorize (audio) \
valorized; valorizing

Definition of valorize

transitive verb

1 : to enhance or try to enhance the price, value, or status of by organized and usually governmental action using subsidies to valorize coffee
2 : to assign value or merit to : validate

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Other Words from valorize

valorization \ ˌva-​lə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce valorize (audio) \ noun

Examples of valorize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Friends said Baker had a conservative, Christian upbringing and was taught to valorize the military, his father having served in the National Guard and the Coast Guard Reserve. Star Tribune, "After the FBI warned about far-right attacks, agents arrested a leftist ex-soldier," 16 Feb. 2021 Too many companies valorize truly unhealthy working conditions — 70-80 hours a week, perpetual availability, late hours, weekends given over to work urgencies, the complete erasure of boundaries. Roxane Gay, New York Times, "No More All-Nighters!," 24 Dec. 2020 The industry that contributed to Germinio’s early demise would help valorize him. David Segal, New York Times, "Why Are There Almost No Memorials to the Flu of 1918?," 14 May 2020 But Charlie’s connection to the theater is meant as the opposite of satire; it’s not deployed to belittle but to valorize. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Is Theater Ridiculous? Movies, TV and Books Seem to Think So," 30 Dec. 2019 As with all shows about antiheroes — such as Breaking Bad or The Sopranos — there’s a contingent of House of Cards fans who see Frank Underwood as a hero, someone to valorize and emulate. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Kevin Spacey released a bizarre video evoking Frank Underwood, apparently to defend himself," 24 Dec. 2018 On Twitter, Megan McArdle suggested to me that the fix for the family structure problem is for Hollywood to become moralistic and scoldy about unmarried parents and to valorize bourgeois conventionality. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Family structure matters, but can we do anything about it?," 5 Oct. 2018 But a curious thing has happened in the half-century since his death — those who opposed him now valorize him. Jemar Tisby, Washington Post, "Why so many white churches resisted Martin Luther King Jr.’s call," 15 Jan. 2018 The Spanish state codified the process and ingredients to regulate the quality and geographic origins of Idiazabal cheese, a strategy to valorize this local product in the larger market place. Michael Atwood Mason, Smithsonian, "After 50 Years of Song, Dance, Food, Even Hog Calling, at the Folklife Festival, Is It Still Worthwhile?," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of valorize

circa 1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for valorize

back-formation from valorization, borrowed from Portuguese valorizacão, from valorizar "to enhance the value of" (from valor "value, worth"—going back to early Medieval Latin—+ -izar -ize) + -acão -ation — more at valor

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The first known use of valorize was circa 1906

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26 Feb 2021

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“Valorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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