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value

noun val·ue \ ˈval-(ˌ)yü \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of value

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
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 : denomination 2

valueless

play \ˈval-(ˌ)yü-ləs, -yə-\ adjective

valuelessness

noun

Examples of value in a Sentence

  1. The company's stock continues to decline in value.

  2. Real estate prices have doubled in value over the last decade.

  3. The difference in value between the two currencies is not significant.

  4. You may exchange the item for something of equal value.

  5. We sold the home for less than its full value.

  6. an increase in the value of the dollar

  7. The home has a value of $1,000,000.

  8. Property values tend to rise as interest rates fall.

  9. The store advertises great values.

  10. No one can deny the value of a good education.

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Origin and Etymology of 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


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value

verb

Definition of value

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

play \ˈval-yə-wər\ noun

Examples of value in a Sentence

  1. She values the time she spends with her family.

  2. The items are highly valued by collectors.

  3. The herbs are valued for their medicinal properties.

Recent Examples of value from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of value

Middle English valuen, borrowed from Anglo-French valuer "to estimate, be worth," verbal derivative of value 1value

Synonym Discussion of 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


VALUE Defined for English Language Learners

value

noun

Definition of value for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of value for English Language Learners

  • : to make a judgment about the amount of money that something is worth

  • : to think that (someone or something) is important or useful


VALUE Defined for Kids

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value

noun val·ue \ ˈval-yü \

Definition of value for Students

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?

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value

verb

Definition of value for Students

valued; valuing
1 : to estimate the worth of
  • The necklace is valued at 200 dollars.
2 : to think highly of
  • I value your friendship.

Law Dictionary

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value

noun val·ue \ ˈval-yü \

legal Definition of value

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

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value

transitive verb

legal Definition of value

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


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