val·​u·​a·​tion | \ˌval-yə-ˈwā-shən \

Definition of valuation 

1 : the act or process of valuing specifically : appraisal of property

2 : the estimated or determined market value of a thing

3 : judgment or appreciation of worth or character

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Other Words from valuation

valuational \ ˌval-​yə-​ˈwā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
valuationally adverb

Synonyms for valuation


account, merit, value, worth

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Examples of valuation in a Sentence

The total included a valuation of the company's assets. The company was acquired at a high valuation. Home valuations are at an all-time high.
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Commercial property is part of the problem because valuations are stretched and most investors are foreign: 50% of all U.K. deals are backed by overseas funds, and 73% in London. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Why Hot Money Is a Problem for Britain at Just the Wrong Time," 28 June 2018 The valuation is based on an analysis Bloomberg Intelligence conducted. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Instagram Is 100 Times More Valuable Than It Was When Facebook Bought It," 26 June 2018 After a long bull market, the valuations of tech firms are stretched. The Economist, "The meaning of the Vision Fund," 12 May 2018 Noam Galai / Getty Images for TechCrunch The valuation of Revolut, an international payments startup, is set to quintuple in less than a year due to a new fundraising round, according to people familiar with the matter. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Revolut, the payments startup, will see its valuation jump five times to $1.4 billion after financing round led by DST," 12 Apr. 2018 Maintaining the cuts and allowing a significantly tighter market would align with Saudi Arabia's desire for an oil price of about $80 a barrel to support the valuation of Aramco before an initial public offering. Grant Smith, Houston Chronicle, "OPEC political crises threaten to double its million-barrel Cut," 11 Apr. 2018 How does an editor not interrogate a valuation of life that is hierarchical in this way? Danielle Tcholakian, Longreads, "The Myth of Kevin Williamson," 7 Apr. 2018 This year, the valuation has been calculated at $8.7 billion to $23.6 billion for the 7.9 million shares that traded., "Why Spotify Doesn’t Want a Stock Pop on Its First Day of Trading," 3 Apr. 2018 Also, homeowners can appeal the assessor’s valuation of their homes, which determines tax increases, by July 1 or within 60 days of receiving notification of their assessment. Jessica Lee, The Seattle Times, "‘Enough is enough’: Some local homeowners say this year’s property-tax increase will force them to move," 1 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of valuation

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for valuation

borrowed from Middle French, from valuer "to value entry 2" + -ation -ation

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The first known use of valuation was in 1529

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English Language Learners Definition of valuation

: the act or process of making a judgment about the price or value of something

: the estimated value of something


val·​u·​a·​tion | \ˌval-yu̇-ˈwā-shən \

Legal Definition of valuation 

1 : the act or process of valuing actuarial valuation of the assets and liabilities of a state pension fund specifically : appraisal of property valuation of marital property is a factual finding that will not be upset unless clearly erroneous Jensen v. Jensen, 458 N.W.2d 391 (1990)

2 : the estimated or determined value (as market value) of a thing the total assessed valuation of property in the district

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