- 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.
- 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.
- degree of lightness or darkness in a color.
- the relation of light and shade in a painting, drawing, or the like.
- the phonetic equivalent of a letter, as the sound of a in hat, sang, etc.
verb (used with object), val·ued, val·u·ing.
Origin of value
Synonyms for value
Related Words for valueprofit, price, rate, amount, cost, expense, use, power, quality, sense, meaning, content, importance, benefit, purpose, significance, import, valuation, appraisal, charge
Examples from the Web for value
Contemporary Examples of value
But there's a ton of value for me in my background and my history, and losing it would be a shame.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
As Randy notes, “Maybe there is a value in shining a light on this and asking the questions.”Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism
January 1, 2015
Canned drinks like Mercy contain up 5,000 percent of the daily value of certain vitamins.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
In a humiliating turn of events, the ruble has lost about half its value against the dollar so far this year.Putin Can’t Bully or Bomb a Recession
December 16, 2014
He called her The Duchess, and if The Duchess didn't like something, then it was of no value.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Historical Examples of value
Obulus, (plural Oboli)—A small coin, about the value of a penny.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He's too honest entirely to stale the value of a pin, let alone a carpetbag.Brave and Bold
I can bear witness to the value of her services in South Carolina and Florida.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
As a result the grain in the Egyptian markets had greatly increased in value.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
It was but just, that a man should be spoken evil of, who set no value upon his reputation.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- a particular magnitude, number, or amountthe value of the variable was 7
- the particular quantity that is the result of applying a function or operation for some given argumentthe value of the function for x=3 was 9
- a gradation of tone from light to dark or of colour luminosity
- the relation of one of these elements to another or to the whole picture
verb -ues, -uing or -ued (tr)
Word Origin for value
c.1300, from Old French value "worth, value" (13c.), noun use of fem. past participle of valoir "be worth," from Latin valere "be strong, be well, be of value" (see valiant). The meaning "social principle" is attested from 1918, supposedly borrowed from the language of painting. Value judgment (1892) is a loan-translation of German Werturteil.
mid-15c., probably from value (n.). Related: Valued, valuing.
see at face value.