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 Robinhood Markets is seeking a valuation of $35 billion in its initial public offering, just short of the highest analyst projections, as the free trading app advances toward a debut likely to draw in buyers from its own novice investor base. Time, 20 July 2021 In addition, the EPS figure is likely to improve to $2.96, which coupled with the P/E multiple of around 21x will lead to eBay’s valuation of $63, up more than 20% from the current market price. Trefis Team, Forbes, 7 July 2021 In March 2021, American Airlines hit a record valuation for its loyalty program—a data set of customer behavior data—of $24 billion. George Zarkadakis, Fortune, 27 June 2021 But that is less than half the stock’s multiple at its peak in October, and a rather midrange valuation in the cloud software space, where at least half a dozen others are trading well over 30 times. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 2 June 2021 Plus, the price tag is just a tiny fraction of Amazon's valuation, which is nearing $2 trillion. Joseph Pisani, Chron, 26 May 2021 The title came after the $9 (£6.34) billion valuation of her company, Theranos — a now defunct blood-testing company that Holmes claimed would revolutionise the medical and pharmaceutical industry. Danielle Campoamor,, 25 May 2021 Industry estimates peg annual sales at around $83 million, and its last valuation at $1.7 billion. Chris Taylor, Fortune, 8 July 2021 The company, which was valued at $39 billion in March, saw its valuation double twice since the pandemic began. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 8 July 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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28 Jul 2021

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“Valuation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 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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