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 The charger, which is compatible with Apple Watches, AirPods, and iPhones, has earned over 6,000 perfect ratings, and owners love its sleek look, space-saving design, and overall value. Jessica Leigh Mattern, PEOPLE.com, 17 July 2021 His name carries value in the District of Columbia and surrounding areas for Wes Unseld’s role in the Washington Bullets winning the NBA championship in 1978. Stephen Whyno, baltimoresun.com, 17 July 2021 By law, any sale of LWCF land must be balanced by the acquisition of another park of equal or greater economic and recreational value. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 July 2021 According to an analysis by BMO Capital Markets analyst Simeon Siegel, Peloton’s current fully diluted market value implies its customers will remain paying members for over 25 years. Laura Forman, WSJ, 17 July 2021 If the Twins are attempting to sign him to a long-term deal, then the sides will figure out Buxton's value and get a deal done. Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 The Syrian currency has been losing value and basic services and resources are scarce or offered at exorbitant parallel market prices. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2021 But even buying 12 extra months hasn’t quelled concerns, and only raised more questions about the wisdom and value of holding the event. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 July 2021 Artists like The Weeknd, angered after receiving no nominations for the 63rd annual awards, had publicly questioned the committees’ value, leaving the academy with the need to mend some fences even beyond abandoning the practice. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 16 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The seal encourages students to value and pursue biliteracy — defined as not only the ability to speak, read and write in another language, but the ability to understand the culture. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 July 2021 The Wall Street Journal on Thursday reported Intel is considering an acquisition that would value GlobalFoundries at roughly $30 billion. Aaron Tilley, WSJ, 16 July 2021 The newspaper, citing unnamed sources familiar with the discussions, reported that a deal could value GlobalFoundries at $30 billion. oregonlive, 16 July 2021 Today, Americans value local, seasonal and artisanal products on restaurant menus and at the market. Paul Freedman, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 July 2021 At the midpoint of that range, the deal could raise 603 billion won (about $530 million) and value the company at 4.9 trillion won. John Kang, Forbes, 6 July 2021 In the lead-up to Didi’s IPO, there was speculation that the company would pursue an even larger offering that would value it as high as $100 billion. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, 30 June 2021 Hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman's SPAC is also said to be nearing a complex deal with Universal Music Group that would value the business at $40 billion. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 15 June 2021 Oatly, a Swedish company, will sell shares to the public for the first time this week in an offering that could value it at $10 billion and exemplify the changes in consumer preferences that are reshaping the food business. Jack Ewing And Lauren Hirsch New York Times, Star Tribune, 19 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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19 Jul 2021

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“Value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/value. Accessed 29 Jul. 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

value

transitive verb
valued; valuing

Legal Definition of value (Entry 2 of 2)

: to estimate or determine the monetary value of

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