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 Although Disney plans on debuting most major releases in theaters for the rest of 2021, the Disney+ bundle is, to its core, a better value for subscribers to access a wider variety of content on top of what Hulu already has to offer. Nina Huang, EW.com, 15 Sep. 2021 According to a report the UN released Monday, subsidies provide some 15% of agriculture’s global production value, and the figure is on trend to increase from $540 billion today to $1.8 trillion by 2030. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2021 What’s the benefit of pricing a home at less than fair value? oregonlive, 15 Sep. 2021 With well-being becoming a major value for consumers, there’s a competitive advantage in creating ease and reward at every turn. Nicole Dunn, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Such large companies are looking to build asset value by companies’ accumulation of IP. John Hopewell, Variety, 15 Sep. 2021 Cantlay was voted PGA Tour player of the year by his peers, capturing the Jack Nicklaus Award that could be seen as a referendum on how players value winning the FedEx Cup. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Defense of a traditional privilege was at stake, not freedom as a universal value. Arkansas Online, 14 Sep. 2021 Plus, unlike the latest fiction bestseller, physical comic books also accumulate value over time as collector’s items. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb People do value the privacy and security of the App Store model. John Koetsier, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Thankfully, most contemporary societies value human dignity enough to have cut back on open displays of cruelty, ogled at by curious, interested, or delighted onlookers. Aron Ravin, National Review, 15 Aug. 2021 Dutch Bros, based in Grants Pass, didn’t estimate how Wall Street will value the business, though, or set a timetable for going public. oregonlive, 20 Aug. 2021 That means that there is a distinct subset of drivers who value the company, something that could bode well for ride-hailers as the pandemic eases and some safety concerns abate. Laura Forman, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2021 Maximizing just one of these additional benefits should be at least break even compared to the additional annual fee, especially for those who already value the Platinum benefits that have been around. Chauncey Crail, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2021 Indeed, Republicans get to promote a cause that is popular with their base while sounding reassuring rather than alarming to persuadable voters who value American institutions. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 29 July 2021 Either way, readers said that Utahns should value women’s experiences and viewpoints, no matter her background or path in life. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 July 2021 Cultural scripts that greatly value agency and autonomy equate vulnerability with failure. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021

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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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“Value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/value. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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value

noun

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 or measurement 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

value

transitive verb
valued; valuing

Legal Definition of value (Entry 2 of 2)

: to estimate or determine the monetary value of

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