value

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

Definition of value

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 2)

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

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Other Words from value

Noun

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

Verb

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

disvalue

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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

Their combined market value is around $166 billion. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "President Trump is worried United Technologies-Raytheon merger will kill competition," 10 June 2019 But the bathroom is a room that everyone in your household visits daily — and giving your bathroom a facelift is also a great way to boost your home’s resale value. Stepfanie Romine, Cincinnati.com, "Remodel your bathroom — for less money, with less mess and in less time," 10 June 2019 The company's stock lost more than half its value June 10, closing at 62 cents a share, down 69 cents a share for the day, on the bankruptcy-filing news. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Insys Therapeutics in Chandler files for bankruptcy following opioid lawsuits, investigations," 10 June 2019 Did Durant sit out all those games to show the world his value to the Warriors? Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "He’s playing (maybe)! Kevin Durant’s status is greatest NBA Finals injury drama ever," 10 June 2019 His trade request drove down his trade value with some teams. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns: Talkin’ Duke Johnson’s demand and the rise of Greedy Williams – Terry Pluto," 9 June 2019 Maddison created more chances than anyone else in the Premier League last season, and has seen his value skyrocket since his move from Norwich City last summer. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: James Maddison's Future, Andre Silva to Wolves, Tiemoue Bakayoko & More," 8 June 2019 Many homeowners expect to see their property values increase, with the area becoming more popular and developed. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "Ivanhoe Village merchants ‘excited and terrified’ to see how new apartments change the neighborhood," 7 June 2019 Because it was also sold here in very limited numbers, for only a handful of years, Defenders also now command extremely high prices in the used market, often selling for several times their original value. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The New Defender Will Not Be Like the Old One," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Yet the company was valued at nearly $10 billion at Monday's closing price of about $168 a share. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Beyond Meat's stock is up nearly 500%. That's really too good to be true," 11 June 2019 VIPKid is valued at over $3 billion, according to a Forbes report in March, and has well-known investors like Kobe Bryant. Yan Zhang, USA TODAY, "Chinese parents are paying for their kids to learn English from US online tutors. Here's how the job works," 11 June 2019 The opportunity was valued at $1,500, and by mid-morning had attracted a bid of $1,050. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Siblings organize soccer tourney for childhood cancer research," 8 June 2019 The Vikings now are valued at $2.4 billion by Forbes. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Joe Mauer happy to see Twins’ surge toward playoffs," 8 June 2019 Impossible Foods, a private company, is valued at about $2 billion. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Promise and Problem of Fake Meat," 7 June 2019 Including debt, the deal is valued at $683 million, according to the companies. Anne Riley Moffat, Fortune, "Beleaguered Bookstore Barnes & Noble Gets a Buyer," 7 June 2019 The Tanzanian striker, seen here posing provocatively alongside his 2019 Ebony Shoe Award, given to the greatest African player of the season in the Belgian Pro League, is valued at £12m by the 2018/19 champions. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Mbappe to Madrid, Moreno to Sevilla, Maguire to Man City & More," 6 June 2019 Video-streaming platforms are valued in the hundreds of billions of dollars. L.m., The Economist, "A magnificent exhibition of manga at the British Museum," 5 June 2019

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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

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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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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