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 The demand for dollars also pushes up the dollar’s value against other currencies, enhancing American purchasing power and offering consumers access to imports on the cheap. Joshua Zoffer, The New Republic, "To End Forever War, Keep the Dollar Globally Dominant," 3 Feb. 2020 Prediction Dallas 3, New Jersey 2 New Jersey has yielded a lot of scoring chances and high-value chances of late. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Dallas Stars at New Jersey Devils odds, picks and best bets," 1 Feb. 2020 That added another $12 billion to the company's stock market value, which now tops $100 billion. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Elon Musk just dropped an EDM track titled "Don't Doubt ur Vibe"," 31 Jan. 2020 There are lots of ways that events on the trail and interactions with the voters are newsworthy and relevant in evaluating a candidate’s values, goals, and fitness for office. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Please, Reporters, Stop Asking Candidates Horse-Race Questions," 30 Jan. 2020 The team of 32 carvers and 40 printers managed by Obata, created some 130 proofs, experimenting with ink values, color gradation, light and dark. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Japanese Artist Chiura Obata Came to Be an American Great," 29 Jan. 2020 These places are essential for understanding the movement of people in Australia and hold huge value for Indigenous groups. John Pickrell, Scientific American, "Thousands of Ancient Aboriginal Sites Probably Damaged in Australian Fires," 27 Jan. 2020 But value, according to Newman, is one of the keys to snagging the luxury car award. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Ram 1500 beats BMW, Mercedes for this top luxury spot," 23 Jan. 2020 The pointed exchange comes amid growing controversy over the value of e-cigarettes, and how to weigh their role as a smoking cessation tool against their potential harms, especially among young people for whom vaping has soared in popularity. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "WHO warning on vaping draws harsh response from U.K. researchers," 22 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the last year, Shvo and his partners have acquired buildings valued at more than $3 billion, including the Coca-Cola building in Manhattan. BostonGlobe.com, "Macy’s to close 125 stores, cut 2,000 jobs," 4 Feb. 2020 His name was attached to the law school after his widow, Elizabeth, allocated two parcels of San Francisco land valued at $100,000 into a trust to be sold for the university to construct a hall in her late husband's honor. Fox News, "UC Berkeley removes 'Boalt Hall' name from law school after discovery of namesake's racist speech," 31 Jan. 2020 In exchange, state and Indianapolis officials offered Infosys a massive incentive package, valued at $101.8 million. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Infosys says investigation found no evidence supporting whistleblower allegations," 30 Jan. 2020 Cura agreed in May to sell to Curaleaf in an all-stock deal initially valued at nearly $1 billion. oregonlive, "Cura Cannabis will pay record penalty for ‘dishonest conduct,’ misrepresenting marijuana vapes," 30 Jan. 2020 High energy auctioneer Johnny Bravo helped moved the needle by auctioning off items from artist Taft McWhorter, IW Marks, and a vehicle valued at $60,000 donated by Sewell Automotive Companies. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Winter Ball paints a fashionable and philanthropic scene downtown at Hilton Americas-Houston," 28 Jan. 2020 In 1954, Fred Trump appeared before the Senate Banking Committee, which questioned his practice of valuing his properties at top dollar for government mortgages while using much lower assessments for tax purposes. Andrea Bernstein, ProPublica, "Trump Pushed for a Sweetheart Tax Deal on His First Hotel. It’s Cost New York City $410,068,399 and Counting.," 22 Jan. 2020 Employees have a keen sense of what is valued in an organization, and ethics executives are seeing that subtle cues like these can go a long way in changing behavior. Zvika Krieger, Wired, "A Practical Guide for Building Ethical Tech," 20 Jan. 2020 While Google once prided itself on valuing and promoting open discussion, workers are now discovering there is only so much the company will endure. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "2019 was the year that tech workers had enough," 18 Dec. 2019

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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

7 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valuer. Accessed 16 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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