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[ val-yoo ]


  1. relative worth, merit, or importance:

    He knows the value of a college education.

    In chess, the queen has a very high value.

    Synonyms: utility

  2. monetary or material worth, as in commerce or trade:

    This piece of land has greatly increased in value.

  3. the worth of something in terms of the amount of other things for which it can be exchanged or in terms of some medium of exchange:

    A weekly allowance can help children understand the value of money.

    When planning how much to give to charity, consider the value of your time as a volunteer.

    Synonyms: price, cost

  4. equivalent worth or return in money, material, services, etc.:

    Employees agree to give value for value received and to perform their duties in an efficient and workmanlike manner.

  5. estimated or assigned worth; valuation:

    The painting has a current value of $500,000, according to Sotheby’s.

  6. denomination, as of a monetary issue or a postage stamp:

    The 10-cent values of this 1940 U.S. stamp series were issued in lesser quantities than the 2-cent and 1-cent values.

  7. Mathematics.
    1. magnitude; quantity; number represented by a figure, symbol, or the like:

      the value of an angle;

      the value of x;

      the value of a sum.

    2. a point in the range of a function; a point in the range corresponding to a given point in the domain of a function:

      The value of x2 at 2 is 4.

  8. import or meaning; force; significance:

    The value of a word depends partly on its user and context.

  9. favorable regard; liking:

    Some of my immigrant students seemed not to share my high value of their culture.

  10. values, Sociology. the attitudes, behaviors, social structures, etc., toward which the people of a society or group have a deeply ingrained, positive or negative emotional regard:

    In the prevailing American system of values, personal liberty is cherished, while lying to the public is condemned.

  11. Ethics. any object or quality desirable as a means or as an end in itself.
  12. Fine Arts.
    1. degree of lightness or darkness in a color:

      In this painting he pairs greens of different value with the occasional touch of a complementary color.

    2. the relation of light and shade in a painting, drawing, or the like.
  13. Music. the relative length or duration of a tone signified by a note:

    In a triplet, the three eighth notes have the same value as two in duple meter.

  14. values, Mining. the marketable portions of an orebody:

    The rock must then be processed to extract the values from the ore.

  15. Phonetics.
    1. the phonetic equivalent of a letter, as the sound of a in hat, sang, etc.

verb (used with object)

, val·ued, val·u·ing.
  1. to regard or esteem highly:

    He values her friendship.

    Synonyms: prize

  2. to calculate or reckon the monetary value of; give a specified material or financial value to; assess; appraise:

    The company values its assets at 80 million dollars.

  3. to consider with respect to worth, excellence, usefulness, or importance:

    Don’t rush to decide on this option without first valuing the advantages of privacy and control against the higher cost.


/ ˈvæljuː /


  1. the desirability of a thing, often in respect of some property such as usefulness or exchangeability; worth, merit, or importance
  2. an amount, esp a material or monetary one, considered to be a fair exchange in return for a thing; assigned valuation

    the value of the picture is £10 000

  3. reasonable or equivalent return; satisfaction

    value for money

  4. precise meaning or significance
  5. plural the moral principles and beliefs or accepted standards of a person or social group

    a person with old-fashioned values

  6. maths
    1. a particular magnitude, number, or amount

      the value of the variable was 7

    2. the particular quantity that is the result of applying a function or operation for some given argument

      the value of the function for x=3 was 9

  7. music short for time value
  8. in painting, drawing, etc
    1. a gradation of tone from light to dark or of colour luminosity
    2. the relation of one of these elements to another or to the whole picture
  9. phonetics the quality or tone of the speech sound associated with a written character representing it

    `g' has the value dʒ in English `gem'


  1. to assess or estimate the worth, merit, or desirability of; appraise
  2. to have a high regard for, esp in respect of worth, usefulness, merit, etc; esteem or prize

    to value freedom

  3. foll by at to fix the financial or material worth of (a unit of currency, work of art, etc)

    jewels valued at £40 000


/ vălyo̅o̅ /

  1. Mathematics.
    An assigned or calculated numerical quantity.
  2. The relative darkness or lightness of a color. Value measures where a color falls on an achromatic scale from white to black.
  3. Compare hue

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Other Words From

  • mis·val·ue verb (used with object) misvalued misvaluing
  • non·val·ue noun
  • out·val·ue verb (used with object) outvalued outvaluing
  • pre·val·ue noun verb (used with object) prevalued prevaluing
  • self-val·u·ing adjective
  • su·per·val·ue noun verb (used with object) supervalued supervaluing

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Word History and Origins

Origin of value1

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, from Old French, noun use of feminine past participle of valoir “to be of worth,” from Latin valēre “to be strong, be well, be of worth”; wield

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Word History and Origins

Origin of value1

C14: from Old French, from valoir, from Latin valēre to be worth, be strong

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. of value, having notable worth, usefulness, or importance:

    Avoid packing items of value in your checked baggage.

    She always contributes something of value to the discussion.

More idioms and phrases containing value

see at face value .

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Synonym Study

Value, worth imply intrinsic excellence or desirability. Value is that quality of anything which renders it desirable or useful: the value of sunlight or good books. Worth implies especially spiritual qualities of mind and character, or moral excellence: Few knew her true worth.

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Example Sentences

The idea was to give families a bit of extra money as well as hire navigators who would help families understand the value of relocating to “high opportunity” neighborhoods, away from concentrated poverty and blight.

From Vox

If the algorithm chose one of the original faces, the value was recorded.

Rather than mission statements, management directives, or corporate values printed on placards, organizational behavior is driven by peer pressure and behavioral norms that spread, like pathogens, through organizations.

From Fortune

The most reliable way to stop baselines from shifting is to encode the public’s values and aspirations into law and practice, through politics.

From Vox

This powerful imagery surely ignites an emotional response in anyone who values life and is capable of empathy.

From Ozy

But there's a ton of value for me in my background and my history, and losing it would be a shame.

There is reference after reference to the “black community,” “black worth ethic,” and adherence to the “black value system.”

As Randy notes, “Maybe there is a value in shining a light on this and asking the questions.”

Canned drinks like Mercy contain up 5,000 percent of the daily value of certain vitamins.

For me and some of my students, 2014 was the year of rediscovering old resources whose value is not exhausted yet.

Other things being equal, the volume of voice used measures the value that the mind puts upon the thought.

Of course the expression of this value is modified and characterized by the nature of the thing spoken of.

Was a pupil of Caspar Netscher of Heidelberg, whose little pictures are of fabulous value.

He must trust to his human merits, and not miracles, for his Sonship is of no value in this conflict.

The living (value £250) is in the gift of trustees, and is now held by the Rev. M. Parker, Vicar.


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