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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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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 devaluing



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

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