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Alternative forms

  • valew (in the sense of “valour”)


From Middle English valew, value, from Old French value, feminine past participle of valoir, from Latin valēre (be strong, be worth), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to be strong).


  • enPR: văl'ū, IPA(key): /ˈvæljuː/
  • Hyphenation: val‧ue
  • 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.
    • 1825, John Ramsay McCulloch, Principles of Political Economy
      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.
    • 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.
    • 2006, Edith Anderson Feisner, Colour: How to Use Colour in Art and Design
      When pigments of equal value are mixed together, the resulting color will be a darker value. This is the result of subtraction.
    • 2010, Rose Edin and ‎Dee Jepsen, Color Harmonies: Paint Watercolors Filled with Light
      Shadows and light move very quickly when you are painting on location. Use Cobalt Blue to quickly establish the painting's values.
  7. (mathematics, physics) Any definite numerical quantity or other mathematical object, determined by being measured, computed, or otherwise defined.
  8. Precise meaning; import.
    • 1784-1810, William Mitford, The History of Greece
      Yet that learned and diligent annotator has , in a following note , shown his sense of the value of a passage of Livy , marking , in a few words , most strongly the desolation of Italy under the Roman republic
  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.
  10. (obsolete) Esteem; regard.
    • My relation to the person was so near, and my value for him so great.
  11. (obsolete) Valour; also spelled valew.
    • And him with equall valew countervayld


  • 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
  • undervalue


See also

  • value system


  • value at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • value in Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
  • value in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • value in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


  • uveal




  1. feminine singular of the past participle of valoir

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