synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of value in English

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Alternative forms

  • valew (in the sense of “valour”)


From Middle English valew, value, from Old French value ( = Italian valuta), feminine past participle of valoir, from Latin valēre (be strong, be worth), from Proto-Indo-European *walh₂- (to be strong).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈvæljuː/, /ˈvaljuː/
  • (General American) enPR: văl'ū, IPA(key): /ˈvælju/, [ˈvæɫ.ju]
  • Hyphenation: value
  • Rhymes: -æljuː


value (countable and uncountable, plural values)

  1. The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable.
    Synonym: worth
  2. (uncountable) The degree of importance given to something.
  3. That which is valued or highly esteemed, such as one's morals, morality, or belief system.
    He does not share his parents' values.
    family values
  4. The amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else.
    • M'Culloch
      An article may be possessed of the highest degree of utility, or power to minister to our wants and enjoyments, and may be universally made use of, without possessing exchangeable value.
    • Dryden
      His design was not to pay him the value of his pictures, because they were above any price.
  5. (music) The relative duration of a musical note.
  6. (art) The relative darkness or lightness of a color in (a specific area of) a painting etc.
    • Joe Hing Lowe
      I establish the colors and principal values by organizing the painting into three values--dark, medium [] and light.
  7. (mathematics, physics) Any definite numerical quantity or other mathematical object, determined by being measured, computed, or otherwise defined.
  8. Precise meaning; import.
    the value of a word; the value of a legal instrument
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Mitford to this entry?)
  9. (in the plural) The valuable ingredients to be obtained by treating a mass or compound; specifically, the precious metals contained in rock, gravel, etc.
    The vein carries good values.
    the values on the hanging walls
  10. (obsolete) Esteem; regard.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
    • Bishop Burnet
      My relation to the person was so near, and my value for him so great.
  11. (obsolete) Valour; also spelled valew.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)


  • valence


  • added value
  • economic value
  • face value
  • intrinsic value
  • lvalue
  • market value
  • note value
  • par value
  • rvalue
  • time value

Derived terms



value (third-person singular simple present values, present participle valuing, simple past and past participle valued)

  1. To estimate the value of; judge the worth of something.
  2. To fix or determine the value of; assign a value to, as of jewelry or art work.
  3. To regard highly; think much of; place importance upon.
  4. To hold dear.


  • appreciate
  • assess
  • esteem
  • prize
  • rate
  • respect
  • treasure
  • valuate
  • worthen


  • belittle
  • derogate
  • despise
  • disesteem
  • disrespect


See also

  • value system

Further reading

  • value in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • value in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • value at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • uveal




  1. feminine singular of the past participle of valoir

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