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

These will be powerful for helping people align with their values and put that into action and behavior. Angela Chen, The Verge, "These are the technology advances that could end animal farming," 9 Nov. 2018 But consider the type of impact money can have when it’s rooted in your values. Linda Davis Taylor, SELF, "How to Use Money as an Extension of Your Political Voice," 6 Nov. 2018 Our values as patriotic Americans are being tested. Marie Claire, "Why Your Vote Is More Important This Year Than Ever Before," 16 Oct. 2018 Following his engagement to Pippa, news sources approximated his total value to be upwards of two billion pounds but there has never been an official confirmation of that number. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "10 Things to Know About Pippa Middleton's Husband James Matthews," 16 Oct. 2018 Along with functionality, travelers value thoughtfulness second. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Airbnb Plus Reveals the Amenities Travelers Really Care About," 28 Aug. 2018 The Washington Capitals re-signed forward Liam O'Brien to a one-year, two-way contract, with an average annual value of $650,000. baltimoresun.com, "Digest (July 13): Wayne Rooney making D.C. United debut at new stadium," 13 July 2018 The robbers took diamond and pearl necklaces, bracelets and rings, with a retail value of $1.5 million. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Robber gets 15 years for $1.5M jewel theft, assault in University Town Center," 12 July 2018 Activists spent $40 billion targeting 136 companies with market values of more than $500 million in the first half, according to a study released Thursday by Lazard. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Activist Investors Turn Up Heat in Drive for Returns," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Wells Fargo spokeswoman Kathleen Leary said the bank values all its employees and takes seriously any allegations raised by them. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Wells Fargo Ends Investigation Over Bias Against Women," 9 Nov. 2018 Native women, Native people need to be seen, heard and valued. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 Lawmakers tried to slice the Gordian knot of the trolley problem by stating that all human life should be valued equally and that any distinction based on personal features like age or gender should be prohibited. James Vincent, The Verge, "Global preferences for who to save in self-driving car crashes revealed," 24 Oct. 2018 To be clear, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists are a particularly inexcusable, skin-crawling, face-punching kind of awful that demands valuing your personal safety and sanity above all else. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: How Can I Find Safe and Inclusive Gyms?," 23 Oct. 2018 For as much progress as women may be making, there is still a tendency to, as Time’s Up put it, value a woman’s experience less than a man’s career. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Christine Blasey Ford Isn’t “Mixed Up.” But the Way We Talk About Sexual Assault Still Is," 18 Sep. 2018 The Martha’s Vineyard station in Oak Bluffs is larger and valued by the town at nearly $1.4 million. Todd Wallack, BostonGlobe.com, "For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise," 14 July 2018 Bach himself has lost a calf and a cow to the birds, valued around $1,400 and $800 respectively. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 Some used models today are valued around $25,000, according to Kelley Blue Book. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Southland family honors dad's memory by driving his ashes down Dixie Highway in convoy of Plymouth Prowlers," 12 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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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 \

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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