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


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



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

Other Words from value


valueless \ ˈval-​(ˌ)yü-​ləs How to pronounce value (audio) , -​yə-​ \ adjective
valuelessness noun


valuer \ ˈval-​yə-​wər How to pronounce value (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for value

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These possibilities can be imagined as the points on a circle — every point has some value in both the horizontal and vertical directions. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 26 Sep. 2022 But the tradition of donning mourning clothes long after a loved one is buried still has value. Katie Thornton, The Atlantic, 26 Sep. 2022 But Toto had a very strong belief that this needs to be a franchise and have franchise value. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 24 Sep. 2022 Duke’s win at Northwestern might not have as much long-term value, but the Blue Devils’ Week 1 blanking of Temple was a good tone setter for the Mike Elko era. USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2022 But some are making the case that good design has value too. CNN, 23 Sep. 2022 The group now has a market value of about €1.6 billion. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 22 Sep. 2022 So that has tremendous value to a streaming service. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Sep. 2022 Greenlaw’s extension has a maximum value of nearly $19 million and includes $10 million guaranteed. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Drive up past Sacramento, and there’s a real sense among many that urban California has betrayed them, ravaged their resources and simply doesn’t respect or value their way of life. Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2022 Disney has guaranteed a sale price that would value Hulu at a minimum of $27.5 billion and make Comcast’s stake worth at least $9 billion. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Sep. 2022 Tiffany Justice, a co-founder of Moms for Liberty, said teachers should value parents’ input. Jo Yurcaba, NBC News, 19 Sep. 2022 The deal would value the company at around $300 billion, which is higher than most of the recent offers in the private-equity secondary market, people familiar with the matter said. Raffaele Huang, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 Reuters has reported the initial public offering could value Porsche as high as €85 billion ($84.4 billion), and that Volkswagen could raise more than €10.5 billion ($10.4 billion). Julia Horowitz, CNN, 6 Sep. 2022 By automating these processes, organizations can improve operational efficiency, reduce costs and realize faster time to value when implementing new and innovative solutions. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 11 July 2022 One important tactic for AI developers is not infringing on the work that frontline employees value. Katherine C. Kellogg, STAT, 16 Sep. 2022 The goal appears to be creating two standalone companies so investors can value the Starz and studio assets separately. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of value


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1986, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for value


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


Middle English valuen, borrowed from Anglo-French valuer "to estimate, be worth," verbal derivative of value value entry 1

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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?


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.


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


transitive verb
valued; valuing

Legal Definition of value (Entry 2 of 2)

: to estimate or determine the monetary value of

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