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 stock closed 29% lower Friday and has now shed nearly 60% of its value so far this year. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Perrigo Tax Shocker Couldn’t Come at Worse Time," 21 Dec. 2018 McClatchy’s decisions also come in the midst of a slump in its stock price, which has lost nearly 18 percent of its value in the past six months, compared to a 5 percent decline for the S&P 500 index over the same period. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "The News Tribune publisher David Zeeck leaves amid McClatchy shakeups," 12 Dec. 2018 Even with e-commerce giants like Amazon taking over, David believes that his show — and QVC as a whole — will always have value. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "I Spent the Day in the Kitchen With QVC's David Venable," 20 Nov. 2018 There’s a lot of value being enjoyed from Amazon Rekognition. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Amazon told employees it would continue to sell its controversial facial recognition software to law enforcement," 9 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Most new players, however, aren't funded by Bill Gates—still valued by Forbes to have a fortune north of $93 billion. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Bill Gates's Experimental Nuclear Power Plant Halts Construction in China," 2 Jan. 2019 Customers may give edible arrangements and gift cards for merchandise or services valued up to $20 per interaction. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The Definitive Guide to Holiday Tipping," 17 Dec. 2018 The Pisarro painting, valued at $30 million or more, has been sold and resold but has spent the last 25 years at Spain's Thyssen-Bornemisza museum. John Rogers, The Seattle Times, "Spanish museum, California family in court over disputed art," 4 Dec. 2018 The company has spent much of this year in damage-control mode, and a large part of those efforts have been to convince people that the company truly values their privacy. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Here’s why an app for finding bikini pics is Facebook’s latest headache," 29 Nov. 2018 The painting was valued at $25 million, and Sue won it in a coin toss. Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The War of The Grosses: Inside the Bitter Divorce Battle of the Laguna Beach "Bond King"," 22 Oct. 2018 The princess' gorgeous ring with a center stone of Padparadscha Sapphire—an incredibly rare gem known for its orange and pink hues—surrounded by diamonds is reportedly valued between £70,000 and £75,000 (between $80,000 and $86,000). Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "What Will Princess Eugenie's Wedding Ring Look Like?," 4 Oct. 2018 After Fox improved its offer to control Sky on Wednesday, Comcast quickly topped that bid with one of its own, valuing the company at $34 billion. New York Times, "AT&T-Time Warner Deal Approval Gets Justice Department Challenge," 12 July 2018 Fox is seeking to acquire the remaining 61 percent of Sky, valuing the company at $32.5 billion, and handing it over to Disney. Bob Fernandez, Philly.com, "Comcast boosts Sky bid to $34M, topping Fox offer in global standoff," 11 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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