value

[val-yoo]

noun

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for values

value

noun

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
maths
  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 values
n.

"principles, standards," 1921, from plural of value (n.).

value

v.

mid-15c., probably from value (n.). Related: Valued, valuing.

value

n.

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.

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values in Medicine

value

[vălyōō]

n.

A principle, standard, or quality considered worthwhile or desirable.
An assigned or calculated numerical quantity.
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values in Science

value

[vălyōō]

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 values

value

see at face value.

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