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 Police estimate the stash to have a street value of $750,000, the bureau said. oregonlive, "Woof! Portland police dog sniffs out $750k in meth," 18 Feb. 2020 At Tuesday's closing price of $774.38, this first batch of Tesla options would have a value of $716.6 million, the difference between that and the $350.02 exercise price. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Elon Musk might not have to wait long for huge payday," 12 Feb. 2020 The jackpot, the first won by a Mega Millions player in 2020, has a cash value of $142 million, New Jersey Lottery Executive Director James Carey said. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "$202 million jackpot winner in New Jersey can stay anonymous," 12 Feb. 2020 Everything in the internet of things collects data—and all that data has value. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The WIRED Guide to the Internet of Things," 10 Feb. 2020 The flu has an R0 value of about 1.3, according to The New York Times. Rachael Rettner, Scientific American, "How Does the New Coronavirus Compare with the Flu?," 7 Feb. 2020 With an expiring contract, and the fact his recent 2.42 GAA is behind only Boston (2.38) as a league-leading figure, Dell — now with 100 NHL games on his resume — certainly has more trade value than ever. Ross Mckeon, SFChronicle.com, "Sharks goalie Aaron Dell’s improved play could make him trade target," 7 Feb. 2020 The physicist Paul Dirac conjectured more than 80 years ago that the laws in our universe and the values of physical constants may evolve with time. Quanta Magazine, "Did the Chicken Come First or Is It Turtles All the Way Down?," 6 Feb. 2020 Their responses testified to sleepless nights, the value of fair and accurate reporting, and the near-universal experience of mom guilt. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Eating Goldfish, Writing History—How Women in Journalism Are Making News Happen," 5 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Grigson and GM Andrew Berry have had a strong relationship for years, and Berry values his opinion. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Former Colts GM Ryan Grigson returns to NFL as Browns consultant," 13 Feb. 2020 No, Atlanta didn’t have valued trade acquisition Clint Capela, the kind of athletic, rim-running center that was targeted to help the Hawks manage these kinds of games. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers flex muscle against Atlanta Hawks, 127-105, snapping home futility streak while showing frontcourt vision," 13 Feb. 2020 The New Pope equally has a slightly smaller audience, but one that really values the arthouse Italian story telling. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sky U.K. Content Chief on How Comcast Is Fueling Its TV Ambitions (Q&A)," 12 Feb. 2020 That’s more than double SoftBank’s actual share price, which values the company at about $110 billion. Pavel Alpeyev, Fortune, "SoftBank founder opens door to working with tough activist investor after profit fall 99% short of estimates," 12 Feb. 2020 Projecting Binnington to bounce back and reckoning both offenses as being a bit over-valued make for the UNDER 5.5 (-115) being a profitable play in this one. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "St. Louis Blues at Anaheim Ducks odds, picks and best bets," 11 Feb. 2020 Casper raised $100 million in the offering, which valued the money-losing company at less than $500 million. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "February 7, 2020," 7 Feb. 2020 Bloomberg media reported that the Compuware's owner, Thoma Bravo, is working with a financial adviser for a potential sale that could value Compuware at about $2 billion. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Report: Compuware's private equity owner exploring sale," 31 Jan. 2020 Just a few weeks ago, corporate parent Vivendi finalized its sale of 10% of UMG to Tencent in a deal that values the music company at $33 billion — and could spark higher valuations across the industry. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 2020 Billboard Power List Revealed," 24 Jan. 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

21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valueless. Accessed 24 Feb. 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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