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

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 At the Grammys, maturity is rewarded, and often demanded, putting it at direct odds with a music business that continues to valorize youth. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 From realists, such as John Mearsheimer and Robert Kaplan, to hawks like Niall Ferguson and Robert Kagan, thinkers have too often succumbed to the lure of nostalgia, whether to forecast post–Cold War anarchy or to valorize U.S. interventions. Jordan Michael Smith, The New Republic, 10 Mar. 2022 There’s time enough to valorize the work of Scott B., an undercover fed who breached far-right death squads and squashed their national web of terror cells. Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone, 30 Jan. 2022 The four-star hotel has 116 rooms and suites conceived by Jean-Philippe Nuel, the French designer reputed for his hotel projects that valorize historical heritage. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 Certainly the effort to valorize unglamorous lives is worthy. New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 The image underscores the innocence that precedes masculine bravado, and then deflates the very idea of heroism itself, a daring idea in a society that uses the word reflexively and often indiscriminately to valorize state power. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 Americans tend to valorize being driven and ambitious, so letting work take over virtually every moment of your life is concerningly easy. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 30 Sep. 2021 The Gaines’s brand often seems to valorize aspects of traditional gender roles. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 25 July 2021 See More

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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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“Valorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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