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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-Italic *walēō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to be strong).


  • enPR: văl'ū, IPA(key): /ˈvæl.juː/
  • Hyphenation: val‧ue
  • Rhymes: -æljuː


value (countable and uncountable, plural values)

  1. The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable.
    Synonyms: worth; see also Thesaurus:value
  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.
  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.
  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.
  11. (obsolete) Valour; also spelled valew.


  • 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”, in 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, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
  • “value”, in The Century Dictionary [], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.


  • uveal




value f sg

  1. feminine singular of valu

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • valew


From Old French value.


  • IPA(key): /ˈvaliu̯/


value (uncountable)

  1. Material or monetary worth.


  • English: value
  • Yola: vallert


  • “valū(e, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.

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