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

cardinal virtue, distinction, excellence, excellency, grace, merit, virtue

Synonyms: Verb

appreciate, cherish, love, prize, treasure

Antonyms: Noun

deficiency, demerit, disvalue

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

City commissioners said that if the city manager can’t find $5 million to cut from the city’s general fund, Fort Lauderdale residents could pay about an extra $14 for every $100,000 of taxable property value to make up the hole in the budget. Meryl Kornfield, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale may raise property taxes for first time in 12 years," 13 July 2018 For us, democracy is not a component of regional interests or foreign-policy orientation but a reflection of values and convictions. Vivienne Walt, Time, "Meet 4 Crusaders Who Are Keeping the Dream of Democracy Alive," 12 July 2018 Outdoor adventuring is one of the core values of the Boy Scouts of America. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "Massive new study review confirms nature nurtures your health," 12 July 2018 Buffets and their ilk traffic in vague notions of both value and your pants not fitting. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "The pizza version of a churrascaria exists — so wear your stretchy pants," 11 July 2018 There’s another body of thought that an exhausted nation is going to be looking for someone who can restore some sense of values and civility and lift up these institutions that have been torn apart. Matt Viser, BostonGlobe.com, "In Warren, Patrick, two ways to take on Trump," 7 July 2018 The county expects to receive an additional $9.7 million in property tax revenue for the coming fiscal year, fueled in large part by a 10 percent increase in higher property values. Jerry Fallstrom, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake says not enough money to fund sheriff's $9.8 million budget increase request," 13 July 2018 The authors track the differential in values, between 1971 and 2017, of properties at different levels of elevation and risk from sea-level rise (based on data from the U.S. Geological Survey), while controlling for other factors. Richard Florida, WIRED, "Climate Change Will Force the Poor From Their Homes," 13 July 2018 Denver represents a reasonably attractive platform for Thomas to attempt to resuscitate his market value. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Grades: Isaiah Thomas Can Rejuvenate Career in Nuggets' Low-Risk Gamble," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Theranos was once considered a revolutionary Silicon Valley health startup, valued at $9 billion. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes indicted for alleged wire fraud," 15 June 2018 In a two-party system consensus is not highly valued, and ways of thwarting it are easily found. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 A decade later, if sea levels rise faster due to accelerated melting of ice sheets, roughly 13,000 homes valued at about $8.6 billion are in danger in the nine counties surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area. Anne C. Mulkern, Scientific American, "Sea Level Rise Will Threaten Thousands of California Homes," 18 June 2018 Windsor Court also boasts a museum-quality collection of paintings, sculptures, tapestries and furnishings valued at more than $8 million by more than 60 artists. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Windsor Court," 7 June 2018 For comparison, Airbnb, valued at roughly $31 billion today, took nearly three years to earn a billion-dollar valuation, a distinction so rare that companies with billion-dollar valuations are nicknamed unicorns. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Bird, the electric scooter company, may become a billion-dollar startup," 29 May 2018 Two other startups have been involved in deals that valued them at close to $1 billion in recent months. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 13 July 2018 A day after 21st Century Fox submitted a proposal that valued Sky at £24.5bn ($32.5bn), Comcast upped its offer, to £26bn. The Economist, "Business this week," 12 July 2018 Juul, a startup that makes e-cigarettes that teenagers are gaga for, is raising $1.2 billion in a round that would value the company at $15 billion — on par with companies like Lyft or Snap. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Investing in vapor wares like Juul could be lucrative. But some Silicon Valley VCs draw the line at vice.," 10 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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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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