WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
val•ue /ˈvælyu/USA pronunciation n., v., -ued, -u•ing.

  • [uncountable] relative worth or importance;
    significance:the value of a college education.
  • [uncountable] monetary or material worth, as in business.
  • [uncountable] the worth of something in terms of some medium of exchange:the value of the Swedish kroner.
  • [uncountable] equivalent worth in money, material, or services:The value of the company was in the millions.
  • [uncountable] estimated or assigned worth:the best value for your dollar.
  • Mathematics[countable] magnitude; quantity: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.
  • val•ue•less, adj. See -val-.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    value /ˈvæljuː/ n
    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
    3. reasonable or equivalent return; satisfaction: value for money
    4. precise meaning or significance
    5. (plural) the moral principles and beliefs or accepted standards of a person or social group: a person with old-fashioned values
    6. a particular magnitude, number, or amount: the value of the variable was 7
    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
    8. short for time value
    9. (in painting, drawing, etc) a gradation of tone from light to dark or of colour luminosity
    10. the relation of one of these elements to another or to the whole picture
    11. the quality or tone of the speech sound associated with a written character representing it: `g' has the value in English `gem'
    vb ( -ues, -uing, -ued)(transitive)
    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
    3. (followed by at) to fix the financial or material worth of (a unit of currency, work of art, etc): jewels valued at £40 000
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from valoir, from Latin valēre to be worth, be strong

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