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

Verb

valuer \ ˈval-​yə-​wər How to pronounce value (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 That doesn’t mean there wasn’t value in reviewing the tape ahead of this matchup. David Moore, Dallas News, "The Cowboys have overcome a lot this season, but an improbable run may still be too little too late," 2 Jan. 2021 Indeed, there actually could be real value in having a figure like Biden as president at this moment in history. David M. Shribman, Los Angeles Times, "History holds Biden may be the right man for the moment," 28 Dec. 2020 That's roughly the current value of Bitcoin, as compared to the US Dollar. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for December 28: Stimulus, coronavirus, Nashville bombing, China, Illinois shooting," 28 Dec. 2020 There's great value in balancing all your hard work with some joy and celebration. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for December 24, 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 For instance, individuals earning up to $75,000, and couples making less than $150,000 will receive the full, one-time amount of $600, which is half the value of the first round of $1,200 checks issued under the CARES Act in March. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Here’s who doesn't get the $600 stimulus check," 23 Dec. 2020 There is still value for disciplined buyers: AstraZeneca announced a deal to acquire Alexion Pharmaceuticals for $39 billion in cash and stock last week. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Big Pharma Passes Its Annual Checkup," 15 Dec. 2020 Different sizes are available, but at $30 for a 37.04×16.15×0.16-inch pad, the Gigantus is a good value for a desktop upgrade. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica ultimate holiday gift guide 2020," 14 Dec. 2020 This is an incredible value that packs a G-sensor, parking mode, slow-motion video, and a large f1.8 aperture, along with a full 150-degree field of view. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best dash cams: Car accessories to keep you safe on the road," 11 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Affirm filed paperwork last month with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering that could value the San Francisco startup at as much as $10 billion, The Wall Street Journal previously reported. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "Covid-19 Economy Boosts ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Installment Services," 30 Dec. 2020 But scholars also value millennia-old artworks crafted by anonymous artists who inadvertently offered enduring glimpses into ancient cultures. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ninety Fascinating Finds Revealed in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Short video app Kuaishou, which rivals Douyin in the mainland China market, filed for an IPO in Hong Kong that could raise up to $5 billion, which would value the startup at $50 billion. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "The 5 biggest Chinese IPOs of 2020—and what to watch for in 2021," 23 Dec. 2020 Those SPACs under consideration have all raised between $250 million to $500 million from investors, which would after a merger would value Triller at upwards of $1 billion. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "TikTok Competitor Triller Will Solidify IPO Plans Before End of Year," 18 Dec. 2020 But DoorDash’s status as venture capital’s biggest exit of the year is already under threat: Airbnb is seeking to raise close to $3.1 billion in an IPO expected to price today, at a range that would value the company at as much as $41.8 billion. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, "DoorDash proved to be the ultimate IPO for the pandemic era," 9 Dec. 2020 The sukuk will be followed by Acwa’s initial public offering on the Riyadh stock exchange, which could raise about $1 billion and value the company at about $8 billion, the people said. Matthew Martin, Bloomberg.com, "Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power Set to Raise $1 Billion in Sukuk Sale," 22 Nov. 2020 The deal, which would value Nuvve at about $102 million, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego green tech firm Nuvve to go public via a SPAC," 12 Nov. 2020 That means the initial public offering will raise some $34.4 billion and value the company at more than $310 billion. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Oil companies aren't out of the woods yet," 27 Oct. 2020

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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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8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/value. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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