value

noun
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

value

verb
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

value

adjective

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

Noun

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

Verb

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for value

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

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

Noun 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. Verb 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 Friday Atlas reported that the dollar value of San Diego hotel properties sold in 2020 plummeted by more than 60 percent compared to 2019, largely because of the pandemic. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego pays top dollar and near-top dollar for hotels to house the homeless," 21 Feb. 2021 Her parents struggled on a small cotton farm, teaching her the importance of hard work and the value of an education. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | REX NELSON: A city goes forward," 21 Feb. 2021 The total market value of bitcoin crossed $1 trillion on Friday as the price surged above $55,000. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Bitcoin’s Value Is All in the Eye of the ‘Bithodler’," 20 Feb. 2021 Those who stop short of calling for the end of the Ex-Im Bank altogether seek to balance its benefits with its costs while also acknowledging the value of risk mitigation. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Boom, then Bust?," 20 Feb. 2021 The value of those metals is skyrocketing: Platinum was going for more than $1,200 an ounce Thursday, according to several online trading sites. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Catalytic converters are at the center of a Twin Cities crime wave," 19 Feb. 2021 Gates echoed that sentiment, touting the value of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, an international organization founded in 2000 to help coordinate vaccine distribution in poor countries. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Don’t look at me: Bill Gates says governments ‘shouldn’t rely on' charities in a crisis," 19 Feb. 2021 One dilemma facing the committee is how to determine the value of a road win during a pandemic, when teams are playing in front of no fans or much smaller crowds than usual. The Salt Lake Tribune, "The NCAA Tournament bracket is going to be trickier than usual this season. Here’s how it’s going to work.," 19 Feb. 2021 While the deal terms weren’t announced, Bloomberg pins the value of the assets at about $100 million to $200 million. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Are the Beach Boys about to be cool again?," 19 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Herold, with Garden Remedies, said company officials value their relationship with the city and have ongoing meetings with local officials, including city councilors, police, and the Planning Department. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Newton marijuana store seeks end to appointment-only rule, as nearby competition grows," 17 Feb. 2021 Basil’s relationship with Edith, which could easily have veered into a boring romance, is complex, exploring the ways in which he as a working-class man, and she as a woman of means, have both been stifled by a system that doesn’t value them. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Netflix’s The Dig Seductively Uncovers Real Dirt & Forgotten Secrets," 29 Jan. 2021 Ma knows that the executives, Irvin (Jeremy Shamos) and Sturdyvant (Jonny Coyne), don’t actually value her as a person. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and the Liberating Power of Music," 19 Dec. 2020 In fact, amid the recent focus on the congressional GOP's direction now, under one in five rank-and-file Republicans favor a conviction, while most still broadly value loyalty to Mr. Trump. Anthony Salvanto, Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, "Majority favor conviction as impeachment trial begins, but many Republicans urge loyalty to Trump — CBS News poll," 9 Feb. 2021 Some classic-car owners used vehicles such as Lamborghinis and BMWs as collateral for loans, according to Dietrich Hatlapa, founder of Historic Auto Group International who helped value them for this purpose. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, "Stock Market Rally in 2020 Easily Outpaced Luxury Goods, Hedge Funds," 4 Jan. 2021 My colleague Bettina Boxall explored the reasons why that might be, including institutional incentives that value firefighting over prevention. Los Angeles Times, "Boiling Point: The coal industry comes tumbling down in the American West," 24 Dec. 2020 The chain of 93 stores in 33 states is a regular on best places to work lists and is famous for hiring its best customers and following principles that value all stakeholders, including vendors, employees and shareholders. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "The Container Store names a new CEO as Melissa Reiff plans to retire," 22 Dec. 2020 Her appointment comes as a national group of Black women urge the President-elect to recognize the importance and value Black women contributed to his election by appointing more Black women to the cabinet. Anoa Changa, Essence, "Groups Hopeful About Marcia Fudge as HUD Secretary," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of value

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

Adjective

1986, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for value

Noun

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

Verb

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

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The first known use of value was in the 14th century

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25 Feb 2021

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“Value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/value. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for value

value

noun

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

value

verb

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

value

noun
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?

value

verb
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.

value

noun
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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