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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
val•ue /ˈvælyu/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -ued, -u•ing. 
  1. relative worth or importance;
    significance:[uncountable]the value of a college education.
  2. [uncountable] monetary or material worth, as in business.
  3. the worth of something in terms of some medium of exchange:[uncountable]the value of the Swedish kroner.
  4. equivalent worth in money, material, or services:[uncountable]The value of the company was in the millions.
  5. estimated or assigned worth:[uncountable]the best value for your dollar.
  6. Mathematics magnitude;
    quantity:[countable]Find the value of x in the equation x + 2 = 6.
  7. SociologyOften,  values. [plural] the abstract concepts of what is right, worthwhile, or desirable;
    principles or standards.

v. [+ object]
  1. to calculate the monetary value of:valued the painting at over one million dollars.
  2. to regard highly;
    think of (someone or something) greatly:We value your work highly.
val•ue•less, adj. See -val-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
val•ue  (valyo̅o̅),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -ued, -u•ing. 
  1. relative worth, merit, or importance:the value of a college education; the value of a queen in chess.
  2. monetary or material worth, as in commerce or trade:This piece of land has greatly increased in value.
  3. 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.
  4. equivalent worth or return in money, material, services, etc.:to give value for value received.
  5. estimated or assigned worth;
    valuation:a painting with a current value of $500,000.
  6. denomination, as of a monetary issue or a postage stamp.
  7. Mathematics
    • magnitude;
      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.
  8. import or meaning;
    significance:the value of a word.
  9. liking or affection;
    favorable regard.
  10. 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.
  11. Philosophy[Ethics.]any object or quality desirable as a means or as an end in itself.
  12. [Fine Arts.]
    • degree of lightness or darkness in a color.
    • the relation of light and shade in a painting, drawing, or the like.
  13. Music and Dancethe relative length or duration of a tone signified by a note.
  14. Miningvalues, the marketable portions of an orebody.
  15. Phonetics
    • quality.
    • the phonetic equivalent of a letter, as the sound of a in hat, sang, etc.

  1. to calculate or reckon the monetary value of;
    give a specified material or financial value to;
    appraise:to value their assets.
  2. to consider with respect to worth, excellence, usefulness, or importance.
  3. 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. 

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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