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 valuation (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 The value of the Solandge yacht was provided by yacht valuation experts VesselsValue. Lisette Voytko, Forbes, 16 Oct. 2021 In the prior 2019 deal, the catalogs carried a $280 million valuation, sources then told Billboard. Ed Christman, Billboard, 14 Oct. 2021 Within a few years of establishing her brand (and fetching a hefty valuation), Brown sold her company to the Estée Lauder Companies in 1995. Rachel King, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2021 The firm had prepared to issue a total of 35.4 million shares in last Thursday’s aborted IPO, with potential to boost the company’s valuation to just under $7 billion. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Oct. 2021 Or an owner may not understand how to get a valuation done on his company. NBC News, 11 Oct. 2021 In 2018, for example, the owners of 32,201 properties, about 7% of the residential parcels countywide, filed an informal appeal of that year’s valuation. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 8 Oct. 2021 The firm, founded in 2003, is now valued at around $800 billion—10 times GM’s valuation—and is a consumer favorite. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 7 Oct. 2021 The crown prince has long sought the mammoth $2 trillion valuation for Aramco. Aya Batrawy, ajc, 6 Oct. 2021

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Valuation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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