market value



the value of a business, property, etc., in terms of what it can be sold for on the open market; current value (distinguished from book value).

Origin of market value

First recorded in 1685–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for market value

Historical Examples of market value

  • It is raising the price of men and putting a market-value on life.


    Gerald Stanley Lee

  • Dried without sufficient air, their color is changed, and their quality and market-value injured.

    Soil Culture

    J. H. Walden

  • I am perfectly aware that poor Helen's market-value as a heroine will have gone down about fifty per cent.

    Barren Honour: A Novel

    George A. Lawrence

  • Rent-charges had a market-value, varying with time and place, and expressed as a number of years' purchase of the rent-charge.

  • There was no other means, however, of ascertaining the market-value of his sketch, so he put the objectionable question.

    The Golden Dream

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for market value

market value


the amount obtainable on the open market for the sale of property, financial assets, or goods and servicesCompare par value, book value
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