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 , -​shə-​nᵊl How to pronounce valuational (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Gordy Bunch is a businessman who joined the board in 2012, becoming chairman in 2016 and reducing property tax rates from 32.5 cents to 22.31 cents per $100 valuation. Houston Chronicle, "Election 2020 Opinion: Letters to the editor," 12 Oct. 2020 Yet none of this seemed to cause lasting damage to the company’s reputation, or to its valuation. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "Why Facebook Can’t Fix Itself," 12 Oct. 2020 Workplace collaboration software maker Asana traded up 7% during the day and finished with a market valuation of $5.5 billion. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "The case for a virtual commute when working from home," 1 Oct. 2020 The company announced a $29 million funding round in late May with a $350 million valuation. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "LinkedIn ranks, DoorDash among the best-emerging startups in 2020," 22 Sep. 2020 With a private valuation of $20 billion, Palantir could be the largest company to try such a transaction, following in the footsteps of Slack, the workplace collaboration service, and Spotify, the music streaming company. Erin Griffith, New York Times, "Snowflake More Than Doubles in Debut as Wall Street Embraces Tech IPOs," 16 Sep. 2020 The cofounder of a hot Detroit startup with a $1 billion-plus valuation that resells sneakers and street wear to customers throughout the world has left the company. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Sneaker collector, cofounder of hot Detroit startup StockX departs," 15 Sep. 2020 That compares with a valuation of $12.4 billion in a private funding round announced in February. Crystal Tse,, "Snowflake Prices IPO Above Marketed Range at $120 a Share," 15 Sep. 2020 For fiscal 2021, commissioners approved the existing tax rate of 30.1 cents per $100 valuation. Scott Huddleston,, "Bexar County approves budget that keeps some constable positions," 15 Sep. 2020

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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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19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Valuation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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 erroneousJensen 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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