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[val-uh-rahyz] /ˈvæl əˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), valorized, valorizing.
to provide for the maintaining of the value or price of (a commercial commodity) by a government's purchasing the commodity at the fixed price or by its making special loans to the producers.
Also, especially British, valorise.
Origin of valorize
1905-10; < Late Latin valor worth (see valor) + -ize
Related forms
valorization, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The valorization, or equalization, of coffee originated in Brazil.

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  • He proved his kingship by his masterful handling of valorization three years later.

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  • It effectively killed all future valorization schemes in so far as direct participation by this country is concerned.

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  • The principle of valorization is generally conceded to be economically unsound, because it encourages overproduction.

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  • This first valorization was abandoned in favor of the Sielcken plan, which the federal government ratified in July, 1908.

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  • The valorization project just described was the second of its kind, a former attempt having proved a failure.

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  • The natural return to normal was much interfered with by speculation and valorization.

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British Dictionary definitions for valorization


(transitive) to fix and maintain an artificial price for (a commodity) by governmental action
Derived Forms
valorization, valorisation, noun
Word Origin
C20: back formation from valorization; see valour
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Word Origin and History for valorization

1907, from valor "value" (late 15c.), variant of valour (see valor).



1921, from valor (see valorization) + -ize.

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