value

noun
val·​ue | \ˈval-(ˌ)yü \

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, -​yə-​ \ adjective
valuelessness noun

Verb

valuer \ˈval-​yə-​wər \ 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

The Canadian dollar lost roughly a cent in value against the U.S. dollar shortly after the rate decision was released and hit a fresh six-month low, in a sign traders don’t believe another rate increase is imminent. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Bank of Canada Takes Cautious Turn While Keeping Rate Steady," 5 Dec. 2018 What’s interesting… Another one is Microsoft surpassing Apple in market value. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Microsoft is more valuable than Apple again. Why?," 30 Nov. 2018 Indigenous Environmental Network is an alliance of Indigenous Peoples whose mission is the protection of the earth from contamination and exploitation by honoring the value of Indigenous knowledge. Maka Monture, Teen Vogue, "10 Native Activism Organizations to Show Your Support This Thanksgiving," 22 Nov. 2018 In their rural hamlet of Thái Bình, southeast of Hanoi, Thảo and her sister learned to sew their own clothes, and to appreciate the intrinsic value of the materials and their craft. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 But cryptocurrency trading tends to be highly correlated—when one cryptocurrency starts to fall in value, others often follow. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Imminent Bitcoin Cash schism triggers cryptocurrency selloff," 14 Nov. 2018 The Second House is related to our personal finances, material possessions, and the concept of value. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 Yes, engaging in fitness can (should!) be a positive experience that adds value and allows us to lead vibrant, full, and energized lives. SELF, "Trainers and Fitness Pros Can't Help People of Color While Remaining Silent About Racism," 1 Nov. 2018 The pastry pro revealed to Dr. Oz that she's recently started experimenting with alternatives to regular white flour, opting instead for other varieties that have more nutritional value. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "What Martha Stewart Eats to Make 77 Look Like 45," 25 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The hierarchy of value has changed, too: Sometimes a copy is valued as much as or more than the real thing. Vogue, "You Won’t Believe What Ava Nirui Dreamed Up for Her New Marc Jacobs Collaboration," 1 Nov. 2018 My mother taught us to value education, community, and to be independent. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 My mother, an immigrant, made the art of voting a central pride in her life and taught me to value this right. Marie Claire, "Why Your Vote Is More Important This Year Than Ever Before," 16 Oct. 2018 Bach said out-of-town insurance adjusters often fail to properly value homes in the San Francisco area. Lorin Eleni Gill, The Seattle Times, "California wine country fires leave homeowners struggling," 27 Aug. 2018 Running taught me how to value slowing down and recovering. Toni Carey, SELF, "Running Taught Me How to Live the Life I Want," 15 Aug. 2018 That’s the question in Silicon Valley as several giant tech companies have kicked the tires on the hot gaming chat company that investors valued earlier this year at $1.6 billion. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Black Friday is the busiest time of year for professional line sitters," 21 Nov. 2018 The detachable lid contains a deployable daypack that’s more comfortable than most, though hikers who really value the blitz-pack option should consider the Mystery Ranch Stein, below. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 Fox had in December 2016 offered to take full ownership of the company in a £10.75-per-share deal, which valued Sky at roughly £18.5 billion, or $23.2 billion at the time. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "What's Next in the Bidding War for Sky?," 13 July 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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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