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-.
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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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