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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
val•ue /ˈvælyu/USA pronunciation
n., v., -ued, -u•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [~ + object]
- 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.
val•ue•less, adj. See -val-.
- 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′yo̅o̅), n., v., -ued, -u•ing.
- 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.
import or meaning; force;
- 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.
significance:the value of a word.
liking or affection;
Sociologyvalues, [Sociol.]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.
- degree of lightness or darkness in a color.
Music and Dance[Music.]the relative length or duration of a tone signified by a note.
Miningvalues, [Mining.]the marketable portions of an orebody.
- the relation of light and shade in a painting, drawing, or the like.
- 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.
1 . 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 . cost, price. 18 in Unabridged dictionary . prize. See appreciate.
- Latin valēre to be worth
- Old French, noun, nominal use of feminine past participle (compare valuta) of valoir
- Middle English 1275–1325
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value /ˈvæljuː/ n
vb ( -ues, -uing, -ued)(transitive)
- 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 valuation: the value of the picture is £10 000
- reasonable or equivalent return; satisfaction: value for money
- precise meaning or significance
- (plural) the moral principles and beliefs or accepted standards of a person or social group: a person with old-fashioned values
- 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
- 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
- the quality or tone of the speech sound associated with a written character representing it: `g' has the value dʒ in English `gem'
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from valoir, from Latin valēre to be worth, be strong
- 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 prize: to value freedom
- (followed by at) to fix the financial or material worth of (a unit of currency, work of art, etc): jewels valued at £40 000
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