value

noun
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

value

verb
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

value

adjective

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

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Other Words from value

Noun

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

Verb

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for value

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Now, imagine the difficulty for a Prescott contract approaching around $35 million in annual value. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Why a Cowboys contract extension for Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper just became ’30 percent’ easier," 16 Mar. 2020 According to a Washington Post report, Trump supporter Harold Hamm reached out the administration to request aid for the industry, which suffered a huge decline in value over the past week. Justin Worland, Time, "Washington Is Scrambling to Provide Financial Aid Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak," 16 Mar. 2020 Global stock markets have erased trillions in market value in recent weeks on heightened fears the world economy will slump into a recession. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Stocks poised for plunge Monday as Dow futures drop 1,000 points despite Fed rate cut to zero," 15 Mar. 2020 The coronavirus has already affected the Italian economy, which saw stocks slide almost 17 percent on Thursday the biggest one-day loss in value on record. NBC News, "Coronavirus: Italians adjust to new reality under lockdown," 14 Mar. 2020 Major decline in the value of recyclable plastics as manufacturing new plastic becomes cheaper than the cost of recycling. Scott L. Montgomery, The Conversation, "The oil shock of 2020 appears to be here – and the pain could be wide and deep," 13 Mar. 2020 And the Canadian loonie sliding in value against the American dollar has local players making bets on even more American film and TV production headed to Vancouver once the coronavirus pandemic ends. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Coronavirus: How Travel Restrictions Could Boost Hollywood Production in Canada," 13 Mar. 2020 Through Monday's close, the U.S. stock market had shed $6.5 trillion in value since its February high, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices senior index analyst Howard Silverblatt. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "The 11-year bull market is ending. Here's what a bear market means," 11 Mar. 2020 The unprecedented surge in the value of Treasurys means that U.S. investors can now get the best risk-free yields from a most unlikely source: Japan. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Where to Find Some Yield Now? Try the Land of Zero Yields," 10 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These proposals have no hope of passing Congress, where the consistent leftward shift of the Democratic Party has left pro-life liberals like Dan Lipinski, and all the voters who valued his leadership, without a home. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Farewell to the Pro-Life Democrats," 18 Mar. 2020 While the stock market crashes, Zoom shares have soared this year, valuing the company at $29 billion — more than airlines like Delta, American Airlines or United Airlines. Erin Griffith, New York Times, "We Live in Zoom Now," 17 Mar. 2020 Flipboard, which has a total of 145 million monthly active users, already has an audience that values premium journalism. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Flipboard TV wants to save the news from YouTube," 6 Mar. 2020 Listen in to the full podcast episode to learn what skin-care products Aldridge packs for the plane, her relaxation tips, and how she’s built a beauty brand that values sustainability. Jessica Cruel, Allure, "The Allure Podcast: Lily Aldridge on Balancing Modeling, Motherhood, and a Fragrance Brand," 21 Feb. 2020 That represents another strong year for the world's biggest record company, which finished 2019 by completing the sale of 10% of UMG to Tencent in a deal that values the company at $33 billion. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Universal Music Group Revenues Pass $7.7 Billion in 2019, IPO Planned By 2023," 13 Feb. 2020 In order to make all who valued what our chamber does and feel included precipitated adding Katy to our name. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Don McCoy works to grow Fulshear-Katy Chamber," 9 Feb. 2020 Its portfolio focused mainly on tech, media and data companies with a shot at achieving unicorn status, startups valued at $1 billion or more. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Kobe Bryant business partner pens emotional farewell: 'All I keep thinking about was what was ahead'," 31 Jan. 2020 Our target group is middle-and lower middle-class buyers, who value savings. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Online grocer Grofers is on a small-town high in India," 24 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'value.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

Adjective

1986, in the meaning defined above

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

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Last Updated

20 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/value. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for value

value

noun
How to pronounce value (audio)

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 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 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 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
valued; valuing

Legal Definition of value (Entry 2 of 2)

: to estimate or determine the monetary value of

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