value

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noun

val·​ue ˈval-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce value (audio)
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 valuesW. 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
7
a
: 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
8
valueless adjective
valuelessness noun

value

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verb

valued; valuing

transitive verb

1
: to consider or rate highly : prize, esteem
values your opinion
2
a
: to estimate or assign the monetary worth of : appraise
value a necklace
b
: to rate or scale in usefulness, importance, or general worth : evaluate
valuer noun

value

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adjective

: 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
Choose the Right Synonym for value

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
The AfD and many of its members and representatives hold views that are deeply contrary to the fundamental values of democracy. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 8 Feb. 2024 The last time that Mexican goods imported by the United States exceeded the value of China’s imports was in 2002. Paul Wiseman, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 Those debts far exceed the likely value of the property if the bank forced a sale. Sarah Ritter, Kansas City Star, 8 Feb. 2024 This experience laid the groundwork for my subsequent roles, demonstrating the enduring value of service. Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024 The value of Didi Global Inc.’s shares also rose 22% in the over-the-counter market. Min Jeong Lee, Fortune Asia, 8 Feb. 2024 Billionaire Jorge Mas, Inter Miami’s managing owner, said in a July interview that its value could reach $1.5 billion within a year. TIME, 7 Feb. 2024 In the values business, as distinguished from the business business, Frank argued that your colleagues’ governing philosophy will be the single most important factor in your success. Neal B. Freeman, National Review, 7 Feb. 2024 During the pandemic, White families saw their wealth jump by about 28%, while the assets of Hispanic families rose about 20% in value. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 7 Feb. 2024
Verb
And with the Sky recently valued at $85 million, her investment is paying off in multiple ways. Steve Knopper, Billboard, 9 Feb. 2024 But that hasn’t gone over well with workers, who highly value their perks, particularly those focused on flexibility and career growth. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 Epik, once valued by an investor at around $150 million was sold for around $5 million dollars in June 2023, according to a purchase agreement released as an exhibit in the Adkisson lawsuit. William Turton, WIRED, 8 Feb. 2024 The first Vision Fund has had its own setbacks, including from WeWork Inc., the startup once valued as much as $47 billion that filed for bankruptcy last year. Min Jeong Lee, Fortune Asia, 8 Feb. 2024 In November, Emirates placed an order for 95 wide-body Boeing 777 and 787 jets, used for long-haul flights, valued at $52 billion in total. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 5 Feb. 2024 Case in point: Cano Health, a company once valued at $4.4 billion, is now bankrupt. Tara Bannow, STAT, 5 Feb. 2024 Her parents valued culture, and took their children to concerts at Carnegie Hall, Broadway shows, and museum exhibitions. Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 Specialized skills in these areas are highly valued and can significantly impact salary levels. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 2 Feb. 2024
Adjective
Ask them to look at their daily, repetitive tasks or those that are a non-value add. Steve Smith, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Without adjustment for inflation, the 2022 total ex-value total is among the highest in Alaska history, but adjustments for inflation bring that total down to about the median for the harvests reported since 1975, the Fish and Game report said. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2022 Indeed, many non-value, discretionary retailers also are expanding in 2021. Bryan Pearson, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near value

Cite this Entry

“Value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/value. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

value

1 of 2 noun
val·​ue ˈval-yü How to pronounce value (audio)
1
: a fair return in goods, services, or money for something exchanged
2
: the amount of money something is worth
3
: worth, utility, or importance in comparison with something else
4
: a numerical quantity that is assigned or is found by calculation or measurement
find the value of x
5
: the length of time a musical note is to be held
6
: the lightness or darkness of a color
7
: something (as a belief) that is valuable or desirable
valueless
-yü-ləs How to pronounce value (audio)
-yə-
adjective

value

2 of 2 verb
valued; valuing
1
: to estimate the worth of
was valued at $200
2
: to think highly of
values your advice
valuer
-yə-wər
noun

Legal Definition

value

1 of 2 noun
val·​ue ˈval-yü How to pronounce value (audio)
1
a
: 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
valueless adjective

value

2 of 2 transitive verb
valued; valuing
: to estimate or determine the monetary value of

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