val·​u·​a·​tion | \ ˌval-yə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce valuation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce valuational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
valuationally adverb

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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Uber reportedly is seeking a valuation of $120 billion. Faiz Siddiqui, The Seattle Times, "As it gets set for IPO, Lyft outlines all the reasons ride-sharing could fail," 25 Mar. 2019 Pinterest in February filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering that is expected to fetch a valuation of more than $12 billion. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Pinterest Pins Tech Hopes on Walmart Technology Chief," 21 Mar. 2019 The once-darling Silicon Valley startup that promised to revolutionize the blood-testing industry and fetched a valuation of $9 billion may have finally been dealt a death blow. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "SEC charges Theranos with “massive fraud,” CEO Holmes stripped of control," 14 Mar. 2018 The valuations for the sizable piece of jewelry varies, as exact details on its make or jeweler have not yet been publicly disclosed. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez Steps Out with Alex Rodriguez and Her Blinding Engagement Ring," 13 Mar. 2019 Two of the biggest fall IPOs were those of biotech Moderna Inc. and music-streaming company Tencent Music Entertainment Corp. Shares of Tencent Music, which fetched a valuation of more than $20 billion at pricing, have risen by about 30% since then. Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "Pinterest Files Confidentially for IPO," 22 Feb. 2019 Last June, Lime and Bird received valuations of $1 billion and $2 billion, respectively, and the scooters have inspired everything from protests to rap songs. Will Kubzansky, The Verge, "The secret life of teen scooter outlaws," 23 Sep. 2018 However, according to reports in China, the company is likely to achieve a valuation in the range of $29-31 billion. David Meyer, Fortune, "Tencent Makes It Official: It Will Spin Out Its Spotify Rival With an IPO in the U.S," 9 July 2018 That valuation is shy of the $40 billion that Vivendi’s chief executive in late 2017 suggested the company could be worth, but the estimate is higher than its French owner, which has a stock-market value of roughly €28 billion. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Universal Music Sale Puts Resurgent Industry on the Market," 27 Jan. 2019

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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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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 How to pronounce valuation (audio) \

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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