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

Treyzon’s colleague, Jonathon Farahi, sought to put on the witness stand Deel Szeklinski to testify about value of the AAF’s technology. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "MGM acquires bankrupt football league’s gaming technology," 19 Aug. 2019 That includes handing the player a pay-off to the value of a 'significant chunk' of the £13.5m that would be owed on his current deal. SI.com, "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Confident Paul Pogba Will Stay at Man Utd Despite 'Question Mark'," 19 Aug. 2019 On average, after around two quarters of a downturn, the stock market also begins to recover following a haircut of about 7 percent (based on the monthly average value of the S&P 500). oregonlive.com, "Here’s what the data say about how bad the next recession will be," 17 Aug. 2019 With a market value of £2.6bn and plenty of cash, Boohoo wants to build on its expansion into America and Europe and strike more deals. The Economist, "Boohoo’s business model is as cheeky as a bikini paired with chaps," 17 Aug. 2019 After the yoga session, Zupke teaches his team about the value of mind control to focus on their 14-game season and taking care of their bodies. Dana Scott, azcentral, "How did Netflix portray Spencer Rattler on 'QB1: Beyond the Lights'?," 17 Aug. 2019 Though there is plenty of first-person anecdotal evidence about the fitness value of mermaiding, the practice seems too new to have prompted in-depth research. Elizabeth Kiefer, The Know, "“Mermaiding” is both a thing and suddenly everywhere. But is it a real workout?," 17 Aug. 2019 On average, after around two quarters of a downturn, the stock market also begins to recover following a haircut of about 7 percent (based on the monthly average value of the S&P 500). Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, "A recession will come. How bad will it be?," 16 Aug. 2019 Want more proof of the value of a backup shortstop? Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "4 takeaways from the Cubs-Phillies series, including the offense mirroring the 2nd-half struggles of 2018 and a troubling lack of depth," 16 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And in April 2019, after a decade of struggling with the shift of publishing in the digital era, Johnson Publishing Company filed for bankruptcy, arranging to put its vast photo archive (valued at $46 million in 2015) up for sale. Syreeta Mcfadden, The Atlantic, "Why Ebony Magazine’s Archives Were Saved," 31 July 2019 The portrait is valued at up to £150,000 ($200,000) and will be on auction at Sotheby’s Modern & Contemporary African Art Auction on Oct. 15 in London. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "How a Texas family discovered they owned a forgotten Ben Enwonwu portrait valued at $200,000," 27 July 2019 The home, formerly a prep school, is across the street from a home owned by Bill Cosby and has been valued at about $77 million. orlandosentinel.com, "New sex charges filed against Jeffrey Epstein as nude photos allegedly found," 8 July 2019 McAlester was once one of us, trying to figure out how to value her own neighborhood. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Virginia McAlester Is the Most Popular Architecture Writer in America," 6 June 2019 In the 2017 fiscal year, the Agency for International Development gave 3.12 million tons of foreign food aid valued at $3.62 billion, according to government figures. Mario Parker, Bloomberg.com, "Trump's China Fight Puts New Strains on His Rural Voting Base," 10 May 2019 In a statement to The Atlantic, a spokesperson for Amazon said that the company values consumer privacy and that the assistant is completely optional. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "What Amazon Thinks You’re Worth," 18 July 2019 But Puig's fiery attitude makes him among the most polarizing figures in MLB, which is trying to loosen the reigns of the old guard that values tradition and lack of emotion on the field. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Celebrating National Hot Dog Day by examining the biggest hot-doggers in sports," 17 July 2019 Buffett’bought the remainder of Iscar for another $2 billion in 2013, valuing the company at $10 billion. Ephrat Livni, Quartz at Work, "The secret to success of an Israeli company that’s the darling of Warren Buffett," 14 July 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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