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

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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This deal puts the value of Juul at an eye-popping $38 billion dollars, more than doubling the $15 billion valuation from earlier this year. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Big tobacco just spent $12.8 billion to get a taste of Juul," 20 Dec. 2018 Virtual currencies surely have some value as a hard-to-trace store of value and a way to conduct illicit transactions, but the sky-high valuations of the last year were based on the assumption that blockchain technology would have broader uses. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Ethereum falls below $100—down 93 percent from its January high," 6 Dec. 2018 Both Amazon and Apple’s valuations recently surpassed the trillion dollar mark, the tech-heavy NASDAQ just topped 8,000 for the first time last month, and seven of the globe’s 10 largest companies are tech firms. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Tech has taken over commercial real estate," 27 Sep. 2018 Slack raises another $427M, valuation spikes by billions. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Tibbetts slaying becomes immigration debate lightning rod; Trump in legal peril after Cohen deal?," 22 Aug. 2018 The influx of cash brought the company’s estimated valuation to over $1 billion. Baze Mpinja, Allure, "Why Self-Made Boss Pat McGrath Is an Invaluable Asset to the Beauty World," 23 July 2018 According to Fashionista, industry sources estimate that the investment brings the company's valuation to more than $1 billion. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "Pat McGrath Labs Is Now Valued at Over $1 Billion," 18 July 2018 Khosrowshahi has signaled his intention to clean up Uber's culture and image and to take the business, which has a valuation exceeding $60 billion, public in 2019. Tracey Lien,, "Uber stops requiring sexual misconduct victims to quietly use arbitration instead of suing," 15 May 2018 But even then, the stock had a sky-high valuation, and shares have fallen further in the interim, giving the company an ROI of minus 23%. Ryan Derousseau, Fortune, "Why Stock Market Buybacks Should Make Investors Nervous," 20 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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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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