- relative worth, merit, or importance: the value of a college education; the value of a queen in chess.
- monetary or material worth, as in commerce or trade: This piece of land has greatly increased in value.
- 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.
- equivalent worth or return in money, material, services, etc.: to give value for value received.
- estimated or assigned worth; valuation: a painting with a current value of $500,000.
- denomination, as of a monetary issue or a postage stamp.
- 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.
- import or meaning; force; significance: the value of a word.
- liking or affection; favorable regard.
- values, Sociology. the ideals, customs, institutions, etc., of a society toward which the people of the group have an affective regard. These values may be positive, as cleanliness, freedom, or education, or negative, as cruelty, crime, or blasphemy.
- Ethics. any object or quality desirable as a means or as an end in itself.
- Fine Arts.
- degree of lightness or darkness in a color.
- the relation of light and shade in a painting, drawing, or the like.
- Music. the relative length or duration of a tone signified by a note.
- values, Mining. the marketable portions of an orebody.
- the phonetic equivalent of a letter, as the sound of a in hat, sang, etc.
- to calculate or reckon the monetary value of; give a specified material or financial value to; assess; appraise: to value their assets.
- to consider with respect to worth, excellence, usefulness, or importance.
- to regard or esteem highly: He values her friendship.
Origin of value
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Examples from the Web for values
Education controls the transmission of values and molds the spirit before dominating the soul.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
And yes, our values include tolerance of those who wish to make fun of religion.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
January 8, 2015
I know that many of your values do, indeed, align with Republican policies.Dear Evangelicals: You’re Being Had
November 30, 2014
In Ferguson, these values are seen as white values, the morality a white morality.Prosecutor Used Grand Jury to Let Darren Wilson Walk
November 28, 2014
“I want to try to live my own values as consciously and purposefully as I can,” Booker told me in a phone interview.Talking Tofurky With Newly Vegan Cory Booker
November 26, 2014
And to all nations, we will speak for the values that gave our nation birth.
In all these ways, I will bring the values of our history to the care of our times.
Finally, the quantity of some words has been altered to the values currently accepted as correct.Beowulf
Hence no increase in the productiveness of labour can increase the total sum of values.Freeland
What hope can a woman have of a man who values not his own reputation?Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- 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
- 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
- music short for time value
- (in painting, drawing, etc)
- 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
- phonetics the quality or tone of the speech sound associated with a written character representing it`g' has the value dʒ in English `gem'
- 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 and History for values
"principles, standards," 1921, from plural of value (n.).
mid-15c., probably from value (n.). Related: Valued, valuing.
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.
- A principle, standard, or quality considered worthwhile or desirable.
- An assigned or calculated numerical quantity.
Idioms and Phrases with values
see at face value.