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

Other Words from value


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


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for value

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One place to start is by creating higher-value interactions with customers. Jason Grunberg, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Productive labor adds value, or capital, into the economic system, with the most capital-intensive markets historically being those in manufacturing. Jane Hu, The New Yorker, 18 May 2022 And the value of other assets — stocks and bonds, business interests, cryptocurrency — is reported in ranges like $1,001 to $15,000, rather than as exact amounts. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, 18 May 2022 JetBlue said Monday that Frontier’s offer is high-risk and low-value. Sun Sentinel, 16 May 2022 The total market value of Asian high-yield bonds—excluding defaulted debt—is now about $184 billion, according to data from Bloomberg and Barclays Research. Serena Ng, WSJ, 16 May 2022 For Luna holders, however, Monday’s update suggests there is little remaining value left in the project apart from roughly $65 million in Avalanche, another $12 million in Binance tokens and the remaining $9.4 million in Bitcoin. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 16 May 2022 If Twitter posts cannot be trusted as real remarks from actual human beings, then the value of the discourse on the platform deteriorates. Bymax Zahn, ABC News, 13 May 2022 Twitter's value, calculated based on its stock price, has dropped in recent weeks along with a broader decline in tech stocks. Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, 13 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Visuals influence internet and social media users like nothing else can, and younger generations, in particular, value the ability to search online using real-life images or videos. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The doctor said not to worry — children value their glasses, but Lauren was only 6 and her friends weren’t wearing glasses. Matt Brennantelevision Editor, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2022 Co-creation places its values similarly, as the creators still own the IP, and brands should value the owner of the IP accordingly. Cynthia Johnson, Rolling Stone, 6 May 2022 The highest court in the land must value evidence and respect best medical practices, and yet the conservative majority clearly doesn’t. The Editors, Scientific American, 5 May 2022 No two job-seekers are alike, and hiring managers can’t expect them to all value the same things. Jane Thier, Fortune, 4 May 2022 Local motorists value the West 220th Street bridge over Interstate 480 as a popular cut-through to their destinations. John Benson, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2022 Longstanding deterrence policy requires that the U.S. have sufficient capacity to target what potential enemy leaders value most. Franklin C. Miller, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2022 According to Fandom’s second annual State of Streaming report, which was released on Tuesday by the mega-fan platform, 61% of those surveyed believe their streaming subs are too expensive and value the average streamer at $7.46 monthly. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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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 or measurement 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


transitive verb
valued; valuing

Legal Definition of value (Entry 2 of 2)

: to estimate or determine the monetary value of

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