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 Still, at a price of $2,000 a share, Tesla would have a market value of about $370 billion. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Tesla stock topped $1,200. Here's how it could hit $2,000," 3 July 2020 Bokhari said that the stock exchange had symbolic value for the attackers. Salman Masood, BostonGlobe.com, "Gunmen wage deadly battle at Pakistan stock exchange," 29 June 2020 Individuals do not have inherent value under Marxism-Leninism. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "'Demographic genocide': Analysis explores China's campaign of forced birth control and abortion against Uighurs," 29 June 2020 Officers referred the shipment to the CBP Center of Excellence and Expertise, Machinery team, which determined the shipment had a domestic value of $129,600. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Customs officers in Louisville seize shipment containing over 10,000 assault weapon parts," 28 June 2020 Combined, the amount of cannabinoids and cathinones – bath salts – had a street value of more than $2 million, officials said. Sarah Haselhorst, The Enquirer, "Synthetic drugs, controlled substances seizure was the largest in Cincinnati history," 27 June 2020 Silver has the most value as sterling, which is always 92.5 percent, while plated silver is only a thin covering over another metal. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Appreciating the services of past and present: Yenke Peddler antiques," 25 June 2020 The amount of cropland required to meet that commitment today has a value of about $160bn (0.7% of American GDP in 2019). The Economist, "Forty acres and a mule The economics of reparations," 20 June 2020 Regardless of location, inner city or suburb, every child has value. cincinnati.com, "Behind the Black Lives Matter mural: Artists' speak to equality, family and hope," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the talks with Uber, a deal could value Postmates at $2.6 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court says Booking.com can trademark its name," 1 July 2020 These workplaces clearly value their employees, with perks, flexibility and ownership. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "These employers are making workers happy: Welcome to Top Workplaces 2020," 28 June 2020 In preaching the need for this open dialogue, athletics departments are taking aim at the underlying culture of football, where injuries are often undisclosed, under-reported or ignored due to an ethos that can value toughness and sacrifice. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Amid coronavirus threat, colleges take aim at football culture of hiding injuries, illness," 25 June 2020 Could this be a unique opportunity to refocus our energies, to value quality over quantity in our social lives? Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, "Coronavirus Support Bubbles Force Us To Face Who & What We Truly Miss," 24 June 2020 Given the truly unprecedented level of monetary policy support fueling financial markets, some commentators have suggested traders should heed different measures to value equities to incorporate central bank largesse. Cormac Mullen, Fortune, "‘Everything is expensive’ rally drives stocks to record valuations," 23 June 2020 Warner Music isn’t a streaming company per se, but the oddities of the music industry mean investors should value it like one. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Warner Music Sings the Right Streaming Tune," 4 June 2020 America cannot value Black lives without investing in Black doctors and healers. Torian Easterling, Time, "America Can't Afford to Lose More Black Male Doctors," 18 June 2020 Modern peoples of the Sindh and Punjab Provinces are considered the Harappa’s direct descendants, and value the dolphin as part of their heritage. National Geographic, "One of world's rarest dolphins rebounding in Pakistan," 18 June 2020

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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

6 Jul 2020

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“Value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/value. Accessed 8 Jul. 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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