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

transitive verb

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

Examples of valorize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her downbeat side has been too much stressed, maybe due to a general tendency among writers to valorize the darker byways of modernism. Nick Bowlin, Harper's Magazine, 24 Mar. 2024 With some student protesters defending or even valorizing the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks on Israel by Hamas, criticisms of campus D.E.I. programs began to gain more of an audience among liberals. Nicholas Confessore, New York Times, 20 Jan. 2024 Historically, the San Patricios, led by Irish native John Riley, have been valorized as unsung heroes and criticized as turncoats. Sarah Quiñones Wolfson, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2024 This valorizes and increases our expertise with every client. Sheraz Ahmed, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 There are faintly fascistic undertones in the form Calvin Klein valorizes. Soraya Roberts, New York Times, 20 Jan. 2024 Gypsy Rose Blanchard is far from the first criminal, alleged or otherwise, to be valorized as a folk hero on the internet. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 6 Jan. 2024 But to indulge in the lavish fantasy world Drake inhabits is to valorize the history and come up that preceded it. Dylan Green, Vulture, 26 July 2023 Where therapy leads to self-knowledge, and religion offers grace, motivation valorizes success. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of valorize was circa 1906

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“Valorize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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