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 value (audio) , -​yə-​ \ adjective
valuelessness noun

Verb

valuer \ ˈval-​yə-​wər How to pronounce value (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 There's value in passively looking at all the data. Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 With a list price of just $130, Google’s newest Nest Thermostat is a terrific value. Maren Estrada, BGR, 8 June 2021 There was more value for both parties in striking a deal than in winning yet another Washington blame game over why nothing is happening. Scott Jennings, CNN, 8 June 2021 Another key value is participation by all eligible voters. Michael Waldman, Fortune, 6 June 2021 At $40 per bottle, this is another exceptional value among the Champagne Gold Medalists. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Another conservative value that Republicans should promote is fiscal responsibility. James A. Baker Iii, WSJ, 6 June 2021 The primary issue might be trade value, however, given the Niners don't have a first-round pick to offer before 2024 after giving up the farm to get Lance. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 5 June 2021 The experts said that while there is value in the sort of consumer testing Valisure does, independent labs should be careful with their rhetoric and mindful of how their research may be construed by the public. Washington Post, 5 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Building your authority brand status takes time and a commitment to consistency as this also reflects the quality and value your decision-maker can expect from you. Petra Zink, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Leon is a spotty hitter but such a reliable presence behind the plate that teams value his presence. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2021 Bullock has experience the Lions may value, having spent nine seasons with four different teams. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 3 June 2021 While older adults may value their independence, living alone poses some risk. Kat Tretina, Health.com, 28 May 2021 Days after reaching the top of Apple’s App Store, Poparazzi and founders Alex and Austen Ma are set to raise funding from venture capitalist investors that will value the buzzy new photo sharing app at as much as $135 million just days after launch. Alex Konrad, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Others worry that transplanting K-pop into the U.S. could lead to whitewashing or stripping the industry of the non-Western cultural traditions that fans value so greatly. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, 10 May 2021 The reality is different in Kherson, where many residents still value some common bonds with Russia, including language — but want no part of a further military intervention by Putin. BostonGlobe.com, 9 May 2021 The influx of financial interests threatens what many crypto artists value most about their success: the freedom to forget about money and focus on art. Washington Post, 8 May 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/value. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for value

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 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 or measurement 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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