val·​u·​a·​tion ˌval-yə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce valuation (audio)
: the act or process of valuing
specifically : appraisal of property
: the estimated or determined market value of a thing
: judgment or appreciation of worth or character
-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce valuation (audio)
valuationally adverb

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Everett declined comment on the accuracy of the valuation estimate. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Mar. 2023 From 1950 to the end of 1999, the valuation strategy actually produced lower returns with greater risk versus the balanced portfolio. Derek Horstmeyer, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2023 Holmes promised her startup could run tests on a small amount of blood that could detect serious medical conditions, at one point driving the company's valuation up to $10 billion. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 1 Mar. 2023 The counterclaim also alleges that due diligence materials and readily available valuation data show the sophisticated bank could not have been misled about the value of the business. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 1 Mar. 2023 The company had simply denied any connection, and the investing public had slowly bought into the idea that Wirecard had a wildly profitable Asia division; the firm’s stock valuation surged past four billion euros. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2023 Our forecast indicates that EOG’s valuation is around $138 per share, which is almost 17% higher than the current market price. Trefis Team, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 During the latest quarter, Imax recorded a tax valuation allowance loss of $2.1 million. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Feb. 2023 The company sold $12 million additional shares of stock at a discount off their market price last month, raising funds but driving down the company’s already-depressed valuation. oregonlive, 21 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of valuation was in 1529

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Cite this Entry

“Valuation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


val·​u·​a·​tion ˌval-yə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce valuation (audio)
: the value placed on something

Legal Definition


val·​u·​a·​tion ˌval-yu̇-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce valuation (audio)
: 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)
: the estimated or determined value (as market value) of a thing
the total assessed valuation of property in the district

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