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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for valorise



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

Word Origin for valorize

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



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

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