val·​ue | \ ˈval-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce value (audio) \

Definition of value

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the monetary worth of something : market price
2 : a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged
3 : relative worth, utility, or importance a good value at the price the value of base stealing in baseball had nothing of value to say
4 : something (such as a principle or quality) intrinsically valuable or desirable sought material values instead of human values— W. H. Jones
5 : a numerical quantity that is assigned or is determined by calculation or measurement let x take on positive values a value for the age of the earth
6 : the relative duration of a musical note
7a : relative lightness or darkness of a color : luminosity
b : the relation of one part in a picture to another with respect to lightness and darkness


valued; valuing

Definition of value (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to consider or rate highly : prize, esteem values your opinion
2a : to estimate or assign the monetary worth of : appraise value a necklace
b : to rate or scale in usefulness, importance, or general worth : evaluate



Definition of value (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or being a brand of inexpensive products marketed as an alternative to other, more expensive brands consumers choosing between premium brands and value brands As the economic downturn set in, value products have been "legitimized," leading rich and poor alike to buy them.— Andrea Felsted

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Other Words from value


valueless \ ˈval-​(ˌ)yü-​ləs How to pronounce valueless (audio) , -​yə-​ \ adjective
valuelessness noun


valuer \ ˈval-​yə-​wər How to pronounce valuer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for value

Synonyms: Noun

valuation, worth

Synonyms: Verb

appreciate, cherish, love, prize, treasure

Antonyms: Verb


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estimate, appraise, evaluate, value, rate, assess mean to judge something with respect to its worth or significance. estimate implies a judgment, considered or casual, that precedes or takes the place of actual measuring or counting or testing out. estimated the crowd at two hundred appraise commonly implies the fixing by an expert of the monetary worth of a thing, but it may be used of any critical judgment. having their house appraised evaluate suggests an attempt to determine relative or intrinsic worth in terms other than monetary. evaluate a student's work value equals appraise but without implying expertness of judgment. a watercolor valued by the donor at $500 rate adds to estimate the notion of placing a thing according to a scale of values. a highly rated restaurant assess implies a critical appraisal for the purpose of understanding or interpreting, or as a guide in taking action. officials are trying to assess the damage

appreciate, value, prize, treasure, cherish mean to hold in high estimation. appreciate often connotes sufficient understanding to enjoy or admire a thing's excellence. appreciates fine wine value implies rating a thing highly for its intrinsic worth. values our friendship prize implies taking a deep pride in something one possesses. Americans prize their freedom treasure emphasizes jealously safeguarding something considered precious. a treasured memento cherish implies a special love and care for something. cherishes her children above all

Examples of value in a Sentence


The company's stock continues to decline in value. Real estate prices have doubled in value over the last decade. The difference in value between the two currencies is not significant. You may exchange the item for something of equal value. We sold the home for less than its full value. an increase in the value of the dollar The home has a value of $1,000,000. Property values tend to rise as interest rates fall. The store advertises great values. No one can deny the value of a good education.


She values the time she spends with her family. The items are highly valued by collectors. The herbs are valued for their medicinal properties.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Damien Williams, Kansas City Williams quickly showed his value following Kareem Hunt’s release. oregonlive, "Fantasy Football 2019: Former Oregon Duck Royce Freeman among 10 sleepers at running back," 2 Sep. 2019 Ticket machines at the station will only sell reusable Clipper cards but BART riders can still use disposable tickets and add enough value to exit a station, according to transit officials. Alejandro Serrano,, "BART Powell station to go Clipper-only starting Tuesday," 30 Aug. 2019 The winner receives a match for the AEW women’s title on the October 2 television debut on TNT, and Baker as champion would immediately add value to the women’s belt. Justin Barrasso,, "The Five Biggest Questions Ahead of AEW ‘All Out’," 30 Aug. 2019 The split was driven partly by Altria’s share price, which had been languishing below its sum-of-parts value, but also by regulatory hounding of Big Tobacco over its role in causing cancer. The Economist, "Philip Morris and Altria want to merge," 29 Aug. 2019 The local government cut the resort's assessed value for 2018 from $110.3 million to $105.6 million, according to county records. Bernard Condon,, "Trump wants to hold G-7 Summit at the Doral golf resort he owns: ‘It’s ethics violation squared’," 27 Aug. 2019 The local government cut the resort's assessed value for 2018 from $110.3 million to $105.6 million, according to county records. CBS News, "Ethics experts balk at Trump's proposal to host next G-7 on his property," 27 Aug. 2019 The Mat-Su Borough is offering to reassess property values for taxable properties that sustained more than $1,000 in damage from the fire. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "51 homes and 3 businesses lost in McKinley fire, Mat-Su officials say," 24 Aug. 2019 Climate change today is opening up Arctic sea lanes once locked in ice, adding economic and strategic value to this part of the globe. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Three questions on Trump's Greenland gambit," 22 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The company is one of four Chinese AI startups specializing in facial recognition valued at more than $1 billion, qualifying them as unicorns in Silicon Valley-speak. Wired, "Behind the Rise of China's Facial-Recognition Giants," 3 Sep. 2019 Early bird tickets includes range from $15-$20 and include food and beverage tickets valued at $20. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Where to find Oktoberfests, fall and harvest festivals around Indianapolis," 3 Sep. 2019 At the moment, capitalists value the Amazon for its agricultural potential, but that value is fleeting. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Who's Burning the Amazon? Rampant Capitalism," 28 Aug. 2019 The funding would value the company at approximately $3.3 billion. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Introducing Yet Another WeWork Challenger in the U.S.: Term Sheet," 26 Aug. 2019 The Bexar Appraisal District valued Meyer’s land at more than $546,000 this year. Joshua Fechter,, "Texas appeals court dismisses city’s appeal in Hays Street Bridge land case," 17 July 2019 Our society still values laws against thievery and tax evasion even though people break them every day. Ian Johnstone, The Conversation, "What is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty? Here’s why it’s still important," 15 July 2019 Celebrity Net Worth currently has Christina Anstead valued at a whopping $12 million—the website also claims that Christina's currently making $50,000 per episode for her new show, Christina on The Coast. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Don't Believe Everything You See Online About Christina Anstead's Net Worth," 3 July 2019 The two countries also have strong trade links, with U.K.-Pakistan bilateral trade in 2017 valued at £2.9 billion, or roughly $3.7 billion. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Will Visit Pakistan This Fall," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of value


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1986, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for value


Middle English, "worth, high quality," borrowed from Anglo-French, noun derivative from feminine of valu (going back to Vulgar Latin *valūtus), past participle of valer, valeir "to be worth, have value," going back to Latin valēre "to be well, have strength" — more at wield


Middle English valuen, borrowed from Anglo-French valuer "to estimate, be worth," verbal derivative of value value entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of value

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the amount of money that something is worth : the price or cost of something
: something that can be bought for a low or fair price
: usefulness or importance



English Language Learners Definition of value (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a judgment about the amount of money that something is worth
: to think that (someone or something) is important or useful


val·​ue | \ ˈval-yü How to pronounce value (audio) \

Kids Definition of value

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fair return in goods, services, or money for something exchanged
2 : worth in money
3 : worth, usefulness, or importance in comparison with something else The letter is of great historical value.
4 : a principle or quality that is valuable or desirable They shared many goals and values.
5 : a numerical quantity that is assigned or found by calculation What is the value of x?


valued; valuing

Kids Definition of value (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to estimate the worth of The necklace is valued at 200 dollars.
2 : to think highly of I value your friendship.


val·​ue | \ ˈval-yü How to pronounce value (audio) \

Legal Definition of value

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged received good value for the price
b : valuable consideration at consideration
2 : monetary worth especially : market value

Other Words from value

valueless adjective
valued; valuing

Legal Definition of value (Entry 2 of 2)

: to estimate or determine the monetary value of

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