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verb (used with object), de·val·ued, de·val·u·ing.
  1. to deprive of value; reduce the value of.
  2. to fix a lower value on (a currency).
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verb (used without object), de·val·ued, de·val·u·ing.
  1. to undergo devaluation: The currency has devalued at a rapid rate.
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Also devaluate.

Origin of devalue

First recorded in 1915–20; de- + value
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  • If they really decide to devalue, then Whitely and me, we go ahead and put every cent we got into Swiss gold.

    The Common Man

    Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)

British Dictionary definitions for devalue


devaluate (diːˈvæljuːˌeɪt)

verb -values, -valuing, -valued, -valuates, -valuating or -valuated
  1. to reduce (a currency) or (of a currency) be reduced in exchange value
  2. (tr) to reduce the value or worth of (something)
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Word Origin and History for devalue


1918, a back-formation from devaluation. Related: Devalued; devaluing.

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