WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- relative worth or importance;
significance:[uncountable]the value of a college education.
- [uncountable] monetary or material worth, as in business.
- the worth of something in terms of some medium of exchange:[uncountable]the value of the Swedish kroner.
- equivalent worth in money, material, or services:[uncountable]The value of the company was in the millions.
- estimated or assigned worth:[uncountable]the best value for your dollar.
- Mathematics magnitude;
quantity:[countable]Find the value of x in the equation x + 2 = 6.
- SociologyOften, values. [plural] the abstract concepts of what is right, worthwhile, or desirable;
principles or standards.
v. [~ + object]
- to calculate the monetary value of:valued the painting at over one million dollars.
- to regard highly;
think of (someone or something) greatly:We value your work highly.
- 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.
number represented by a figure, symbol, or the like:the value of an angle; the value ofx;
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;
significance:the value of a word.
- liking or affection;
- Sociologyvalues, 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.
- Philosophy[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 and Dancethe relative length or duration of a tone signified by a note.
- Miningvalues, 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;
appraise:to value their assets.
- to consider with respect to worth, excellence, usefulness, or importance.
- to regard or esteem highly:He values her friendship.
- Latin valēre to be worth
- Old French, noun, nominal use of feminine past participle (compare valuta) of valoir
- Middle English 1275–1325
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged utility. 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 esp. spiritual qualities of mind and character, or moral excellence:Few knew her true worth.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cost, price.
- 18.See corresponding entry in Unabridged prize. See appreciate.