[ val-yoo ]
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  1. relative worth, merit, or importance: He knows the value of a college education.In chess, the queen has a very high value.

  2. monetary or material worth, as in commerce or trade: This piece of land has greatly increased in value.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. estimated or assigned worth; valuation: The painting has a current value of $500,000, according to Sotheby’s.

  4. 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.

  5. Mathematics.

    • 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.

  6. import or meaning; force; significance: The value of a word depends partly on its user and context.

  7. favorable regard; liking: Some of my immigrant students seemed not to share my high value of their culture.

  8. 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.

  9. Ethics. any object or quality desirable as a means or as an end in itself.

  10. Fine Arts.

    • 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.

    • the relation of light and shade in a painting, drawing, or the like.

  11. 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.

  12. values, Mining. the marketable portions of an orebody: The rock must then be processed to extract the values from the ore.

  13. Phonetics.

    • 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.

  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.

  1. 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.

Idioms about value

  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.

Origin of value

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”; see also wield

synonym study For value

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.

Other words for value

Other words from value

  • mis·val·ue, verb (used with object), mis·val·ued, mis·val·u·ing.
  • non·val·ue, noun
  • out·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, adjective
  • su·per·val·ue, noun, verb (used with object), su·per·val·ued, su·per·val·u·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use value in a sentence

  • With time this land had mounted to great values and the holders had been made well-to-do thereby.

    The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
  • Well, I have some sense of values, since I am buying this home, and I do not regard the property as being worth such a sum.

    The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
  • You will grant that the individual in the controversy would likely be able to judge more correctly with regard to values?

    The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
  • Many plants have been employed as green manure, and different opinions have been expressed as to their relative values.

  • Urban property and lands were assessed at values far beyond those at which the owners truly estimated them.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman

British Dictionary definitions for value


/ (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

  1. reasonable or equivalent return; satisfaction: value for money

  2. precise meaning or significance

  3. (plural) the moral principles and beliefs or accepted standards of a person or social group: a person with old-fashioned values

  4. maths

    • a particular magnitude, number, or amount: the value of the variable was 7

    • 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

  5. music short for time value

  6. (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

  7. 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)
  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

  1. (foll by at) to fix the financial or material worth of (a unit of currency, work of art, etc): jewels valued at £40 000

Origin of value

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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for value


[ vălyōō ]

  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. Compare hue saturation.

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Other Idioms and Phrases with value


see at face value.

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