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 However, all three models—RBAC, ABAC and PBAC—have inherent value and explicit use cases. Artyom Poghosyan, Forbes, 22 June 2022 The Sazerac was considered by some to be a ‘morning cocktail’ because the Peychaud bitters were thought to have medicinal value. Maureen Mackey, Fox News, 19 June 2022 What may be making the meltdown worse than the bear market afflicting stockholders is that crypto doesn’t have any value in the real world. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 Good scents never get old and that’s why the scented candle market had a value of $533.5 million in 2020. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 16 June 2022 Your experience does have value to your clients and participants. Shauna Harrison, SELF, 14 June 2022 The Wilmington company has a market value of $77 billion. Larry Edelman,, 13 June 2022 But the move is also calculated: a gourmet product that most people think should be free (butter) needs to be combined with cheap but trendy fish (anchovies) to convince diners the dish has value. Noah Lederman, Bon Appétit, 9 June 2022 This is the first of three TROPICS satellite launches for NASA, which have a total contract value of $8 million for Astra. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 9 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Erivo echoed De Shields’ sentiment and said substantial change can happen once leaders begin to value the impact of Broadway over profit. Antonio Ferme, Variety, 13 June 2022 Throughout the afternoon, younger attendees lifted colorful signs urging the country to value their lives before guns. Globe Staff,, 11 June 2022 Fernández had come of age under the dictatorship and had learned to value the freedoms brought about by the Concertación governments. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 Users can count their cans and bottles or simply use Sipzee's quick estimator to value their returnables. Layla Mcmurtrie, Detroit Free Press, 4 June 2022 Esposito concluded his opening remarks by challenging the audience to value themselves. Amanda Kondolojy, Orlando Sentinel, 20 May 2022 The dignity of being helped without judgment, and being the helper without judgment, may be the first step toward recovery — giving people a reason to value themselves when society largely doesn’t. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 In today’s talent market, there may be fewer candidates for positions, leaving many employers willing to value your experience over a degree. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 Lincoln’s remarks in the throes of war prodded Americans then to value black soldiers’ lives as equal to white soldiers’. WSJ, 16 May 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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