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 valueless (audio) , -​yə-​ \ adjective
valuelessness noun


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for value

Synonyms: Noun

valuation, worth

Synonyms: Verb

appreciate, cherish, love, prize, treasure

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


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.


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

Recently, though, the Reagan consensus about the value of government and deregulation has fractured. Jennifer Mercieca, The Conversation, "Why won’t Democrats say they want government to solve problems?," 13 Sep. 2019 But the exact value of their fortune is not known and believed by some to be much larger. Anchorage Daily News, "What a Purdue Pharma bankruptcy means for the Sackler family," 13 Sep. 2019 Some shareholders are suing claiming they were defrauded and lied to about the value of the company and its assets when the company was formed. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Alta Mesa files for bankruptcy under former Anadarko chief," 12 Sep. 2019 First, Some Tips to Get a High Resale Price Comparing prices on all these services highlights some tips for maximizing the resale value of your phone. Wired, "5 Ways to Sell or Trade In Your Old iPhone," 11 Sep. 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge, at the #BacktoNature festival at @rhswisley 🍂 which celebrates the value of communities to our wellbeing and marks the culmination of the RHS garden project. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Reveals Prince Louis’s Adorable Outdoor Hobby," 11 Sep. 2019 These efforts can be made personal by singling out employees for their accomplishments while focusing on the values of your workplace. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "Employee recognition a vital part of workplace culture: Ask HR," 10 Sep. 2019 Advenir at Castle Hill Apartments, off Hartle Road south of State Road 50, added the most commercial value to the tax roll in 2018 — $29.3 million. Martin E. Comas,, "Concerned about too many new apartment complexes, Clermont enacts 6-month moratorium," 6 Sep. 2019 Run line: The Rockies can still be played, albeit at the lesser value of -143 to cover the spread of +1.5 on the road. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres odds, picks and betting tips," 6 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The seller, Washington state developer George Heidgerken, paid $2.2 million for the site in 2014, and the county assessor values it at $2.9 million., "Grand Ronde finalize purchase of shuttered Oregon City mill at Willamette Falls," 15 Aug. 2019 The bid notice identified 6,000 tons of railroad ties and 6,000 tons of metal tracks and other salvageable material based on an analysis by R.L. Banks & Associates of Virginia, which valued it at $1.6 million in the July 2018 salvage market. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "As Nickel Plate track removal nears, competing bidders say something doesn't add up," 4 Aug. 2019 There’s more, but the point is: In all times and places, cabbage has been valued for its plenteousness, cheapness, long shelf life, and ability to be preserved for an even longer shelf life. NBC News, "From common to cool: The lowly cabbage has become a star," 16 Sep. 2019 With an estate valued by Forbes in 2007 at $3 billion, Pickens joined a group of billionaires in 2010 who pledged to give the majority of their money to charity. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Visiting sculptor donates prize money to San Diego’s homeless," 13 Sep. 2019 Highly successful creative individuals, such as musicians and artists, are often highly desirable mates, but maybe what’s actually being valued here is not creativity as such but the social status that accompanies it. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Here's What Young People All Over the World Say They Want Most in a Partner," 13 Sep. 2019 Another survey found that only roughly half of people of color in creative fields feel like their contributions are valued at work, compared to almost two-thirds of their white counterparts. Jennifer Risi, Quartz at Work, "If you really want a diverse workforce, think smaller," 12 Sep. 2019 Guru Hargobind—which values the fact that righteousness must be defended with a rosary in one hand and a sword in the other. Sondeep Sankar, Quartz India, "In photos: A glorious history of Sikhism," 3 Sep. 2019 Prince’s estate is still tied up in legal proceedings and had not been officially valued as of the three year anniversary of his death this past April, USA Today reports. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Alfred Jackson, Prince’s Half-Brother, Dead at 66," 31 Aug. 2019

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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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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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