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

Synonyms for valuation


account, merit, value, worth

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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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If Amazon stumbles or if there’s a return of doubts about Amazon’s business strategy, its high valuation could become an anchor that drags down its market value. Shira Ovide, The Seattle Times, "Amazon closes in on Apple in the $1 trillion market-value stakes," 2 July 2018 Uber’s valuation has been slipping, especially when compared to its Chinese competitor. Erin Arvedlund,, "Here's your chance to question SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. He's speaking at Temple on Wed., May 2," 30 Apr. 2018 Big corporations in recent years also have increasingly challenged their valuations through lawsuits to knock down their tax bills. Mihir Zaveri, Houston Chronicle, "Deadline approaching to challenge property tax appraisals," 23 Apr. 2018 Wochit Valley homeowners know Zillow for its online valuations. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Zillow to start buying and selling metro Phoenix homes," 21 Apr. 2018 During closing arguments to conclude the two-week trial on Monday, MRA’s lawyers asked the jury to award the $45,4 million in damages based on their valuation of the property in 2010 and interest at 6 percent since. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Harford jury awards $45.4 million judgment against county in Gravel Hill rubblefill suit," 17 Apr. 2018 In addition, valuations of small-cap stocks are attractive, some analysts say. Dan Weil, WSJ, "Three Small-Stock Funds Investors Should Consider," 8 July 2018 Such is that swiftness — rivals have derided it as aggressiveness — that SoftBank is often willing to pour huge sums into early startups at enormous valuations, crowding out other potential investors in the process., "SoftBank fund puts $2.25 billion in GM’s driverless unit," 1 June 2018 In North Richland Hills, a city of nearly 70,000 people north of Fort Worth, the tax rate is quite a bit higher than Grapevine's — about 59 cents per $100 valuation (or $1,770 a year for a $300,000 home). Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Mayors for life? Why Tarrant County voters keep re-electing these folks | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 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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