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verb (used with object), val·or·ized, val·or·iz·ing.
  1. 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, val·or·ise.

Origin of valorize

1905–10; < Late Latin valor worth (see valor) + -ize
Related formsval·or·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for valorize



  1. (tr) to fix and maintain an artificial price for (a commodity) by governmental action
Derived Formsvalorization or valorisation, noun

Word Origin

C20: back formation from valorization; see valour
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Word Origin and History for valorize


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

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