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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fifteen years later, China is Australia's largest trading partner by far in terms of exports and total value of trade -- overtaking Japan, the US, South Korea and New Zealand -- with exports of almost 92 billion Australian dollars ($74 billion). Ben Westcott, CNN, "Iron ore is saving Australia's trade with China. How long can it last?," 6 May 2021 For comparison’s sake, the next-best Orioles pitch on that leader board is Tanner Scott’s slider at -3 run value. Jon Meoli,, "After historic no-hitter, here are 5 stats that stand out in Orioles pitcher John Means’ dominant start to season," 6 May 2021 While players' true value might not become apparent until years into their professional careers, several draft picks have wasted no time in establishing themselves as top-tier talents. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft's 17 biggest instant-impact rookies: Najee Harris, Kyle Pitts could make waves in Year 1," 6 May 2021 Yauck said the southern part of the development is projected to have a value higher than that, but the north, which will likely have more parking and less density, will be less. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Greenfield signs development agreement with Cobalt Partners for 40-acre development at I-894 and Loomis Road," 6 May 2021 Men who want to be true partners in parenting and domestic life can — and many have — overcome the expectations and assumptions working against them, especially when society assigns more value to that work. Washington Post, "On this Mother’s Day, the crisis for working moms is hard to miss," 6 May 2021 Edmunds said the average value for used vehicles traded in during the month of March hit an all-time high, climbing to $17,080, compared with $14,160 a year ago. Robert Channick,, "Used car values are skyrocketing as new car inventory dries up. Is it time to cash in on your old clunker?," 6 May 2021 At less than $200, this vacuum cleaner comes at a great value, and hundreds of Amazon shoppers give it a five-star rating. Christie Calucchia, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best HEPA Vacuum Cleaners for Allergy Season," 6 May 2021 China’s beer market by value expanded 21% from 2016 to 2019 even though sales by volume only grew 0.6%, according to Euromonitor International. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Fizzy Beer Stocks Are Due for a Bar Fight in China," 6 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Estate and the IRS narrowed their differences over the years leaving just three assets for Judge Holmes to value. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, "Michael Jackson's Estate Mostly Prevails In Valuation Fight With IRS," 4 May 2021 Coinbase also explained in its blog that PayPal support brings over an additional feature, an extra layer of security, something that customers might value. Chris Smith, BGR, "Coinbase lets you pay for bitcoin and other cryptos with PayPal," 30 Apr. 2021 Of course, every worker will value these metrics differently and have personal deal breakers. New York Times, "The Best (and Worst) States for Remote Work," 27 Apr. 2021 Many citizens value the contact tracers, but recently some have responded with hostility. Katie Nadworny, National Geographic, "Turkey has been contact tracing for a century. That offers lessons and perils.," 15 Oct. 2020 Hurley is said to be hoping for a wide range of applicants, too, but he is known to value familiarity and chemistry among his staff. Dom Amore,, "Help wanted: Dan Hurley’s search for new UConn men’s basketball assistant underway," 22 Apr. 2021 That’s partly because investors continue to value the reliability of that business over the boom and bust of advertising. New York Times, "In the Roaring Twenties, Ads Make a Comeback," 18 Apr. 2021 This must include redefining our model of growth to value natural as well as financial capital. Paul Polman, Time, "Our Planet Faces Twin Climate and Nature Crises. Here’s How We Can Tackle Both," 14 Apr. 2021 That long-term outlook has created serious debate over how to value the first major crypto company to go public. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Maybe Coinbase is hard to value because it’s a ‘hyperobject’," 14 Apr. 2021

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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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“Value.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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



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


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?


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
valued; valuing

Legal Definition of value (Entry 2 of 2)

: to estimate or determine the monetary value of

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