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

Within two years, the trail helped increase assessed property values in downtown Indianapolis by $1 billion. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Will Kansas City ever be bike-friendly? The city is about to roll out a plan," 13 July 2018 With that in mind, Winslow would be wise to understand the things Tabor most values in a punter. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Will Pat O'Donnell respond to competition in fight to stick with Bears?," 13 July 2018 Investors at times recognized twice the value in Exxon’s assets compared with rivals BP PLC, Total SA, Chevron Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Exxon, Once a ‘Perfect Machine,’ Is Running Dry," 13 July 2018 But the story points up the value in allowing the press and the public to act as watchdogs in this kind of case. Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, "Concealed carry: Why keeping Ohio's concealed carry permit records secret could be dangerous," 11 July 2018 There were some, however, who saw the value in the tradition, which is believed to have started in the 19th century. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Royal couple served 7-year-old cake for Prince Louis' christening," 10 July 2018 Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak views future draft picks as having rising value in the current NBA landscape, and he’s been acquiring and moving second-round picks over his first four months on the job. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak accumulates 2nd-round picks, and a list of draft assets," 9 July 2018 Lending Tree analyzed values in the 50 largest metro areas in June, ranking them by percentage of seven-digit homes in the overall market. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "'That's a California thing.' Sacramento ranks high among cities with million-dollar homes," 7 July 2018 The racial undertones in 1968’s Night of the Living Dead become overt by the depressing ending, and the bleak satire of American values in the sequel, 1978’s Dawn of the Dead, are even more obvious. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "10 subversive, dark American futures to stream on July 4th," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Photo: Tony Luong for The Wall Street Journal Mr. Daly often hires from outside the banking industry, valuing scrappiness over pedigree. Christina Rexrode, WSJ, "Meet the CEO of ‘America’s Most Exciting Bank’—at Least as He’s Branded It," 13 July 2018 Comcast’s takeover bid, made in April, valued the broadcaster at about 22 billion pounds. BostonGlobe.com, "Papa John’s founder apologizes for racial slur," 12 July 2018 Industry leader Schlumberger is valued at almost $95 billion. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Weatherford finally sells its Middle East land rig business," 12 July 2018 According to Forbes, his net worth is valued at $801 million. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Fallout over Papa John's N-word scandal: Here's what we know," 12 July 2018 As an industrial relic, located well outside the city’s original core, it isn’t valued in the same way. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "A tale of two historic Philadelphia buildings: One rises from the ashes. The other falls to the wrecking ball.," 12 July 2018 As valued as players moving through the minors quickly is in the modern prospect world, Mountcastle is 21 and even another year in the minors would put him in the majors at 22 and keep many of the best years of his career with the Orioles. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "One for the future: Evaluating Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle," 10 July 2018 Three-point shooting has never been as highly valued. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic Mailbag: What should Orlando do in the 2018 NBA Draft?," 20 June 2018 Even if the stockmarket valued RBS as highly as the book value of its assets—which is true of few big European banks, and in Britain only of HSBC—the price would still be only £4. The Economist, "Britain’s government cuts its losses on Royal Bank of Scotland," 5 June 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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