Synonyms & Antonyms of value

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1 the amount of money for which something will find a buyer
  • the real value of that house is close to a million dollars

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2 a quality that gives something special worth
  • defending the democratic system's intrinsic values

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3 the relative usefulness or importance of something as judged by specific qualities
  • the value of a good education cannot be overstated

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Synonyms & Antonyms of value (Entry 2 of 2)

2 to make an approximate or tentative judgment regarding
  • values his stocks at $150,000 or thereabouts

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How is the word value different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of value are appreciate, cherish, prize, and treasure. While all these words mean "to hold in high estimation," value implies rating a thing highly for its intrinsic worth.

values our friendship

When might appreciate be a better fit than value?

While the synonyms appreciate and value are close in meaning, appreciate often connotes sufficient understanding to enjoy or admire a thing's excellence.

appreciates fine wine

When is it sensible to use cherish instead of value?

The meanings of cherish and value largely overlap; however, cherish implies a special love and care for something.

cherishes her children above all

Where would prize be a reasonable alternative to value?

While in some cases nearly identical to value, prize implies taking a deep pride in something one possesses.

Americans prize their freedom

When can treasure be used instead of value?

The synonyms treasure and value are sometimes interchangeable, but treasure emphasizes jealously safeguarding something considered precious.

a treasured memento

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The first known use of value was in the 14th century

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value-added tax

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“Value.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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