verb (used with object), val·ued, val·u·ing.

Origin of value

1275–1325; Middle English < Old French, noun use of feminine past participle (cf. valuta) of valoir < Latin valēre to be worth
Related formsmis·val·ue, verb (used with object), mis·val·ued, mis·val·u·ing.non·val·ue, nounout·val·ue, verb (used with object), out·val·ued, out·val·u·ing.pre·val·ue, noun, verb (used with object), pre·val·ued, pre·val·u·ing.self-val·u·ing, adjectivesu·per·val·ue, noun, verb (used with object), su·per·val·ued, su·per·val·u·ing.

Synonyms for value

1. utility. 3. cost, price. 18. prize.

Synonym study

1. 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. 18. See appreciate. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for value

Contemporary Examples of value

Historical Examples of value

  • Obulus, (plural Oboli)—A small coin, about the value of a penny.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • He's too honest entirely to stale the value of a pin, let alone a carpetbag.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • As a result the grain in the Egyptian markets had greatly increased in value.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • I can bear witness to the value of her services in South Carolina and Florida.

  • It was but just, that a man should be spoken evil of, who set no value upon his reputation.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for value



the desirability of a thing, often in respect of some property such as usefulness or exchangeability; worth, merit, or importance
an amount, esp a material or monetary one, considered to be a fair exchange in return for a thing; assigned valuationthe value of the picture is £10 000
reasonable or equivalent return; satisfactionvalue for money
precise meaning or significance
(plural) the moral principles and beliefs or accepted standards of a person or social groupa person with old-fashioned values
  1. a particular magnitude, number, or amountthe value of the variable was 7
  2. 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
music short for time value
(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
phonetics the quality or tone of the speech sound associated with a written character representing it`g' has the value in English `gem'

verb -ues, -uing or -ued (tr)

to assess or estimate the worth, merit, or desirability of; appraise
to have a high regard for, esp in respect of worth, usefulness, merit, etc; esteem or prizeto value freedom
(foll by at) to fix the financial or material worth of (a unit of currency, work of art, etc)jewels valued at £40 000

Word Origin for value

C14: from Old French, from valoir, from Latin valēre to be worth, be strong
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Word Origin and History 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for value




A principle, standard, or quality considered worthwhile or desirable.
An assigned or calculated numerical quantity.
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Science definitions for value



Mathematics An assigned or calculated numerical quantity.
The relative darkness or lightness of a color. Value measures where a color falls on an achromatic scale from white to black. Compare hue saturation.
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Idioms and Phrases with value


see at face value.

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