- An example of value is the amount given by an appraiser after appraising a house.
- An example of value is how much a consultant's input is worth to a committee.
- a fair or proper equivalent in money, commodities, etc., esp. for something sold or exchanged; fair price or return
- the worth of a thing in money or goods at a certain time; market price
- the worth of a thing in relation to its price: the washer was a good value, considering all its features
- estimated or appraised worth or price; valuation
- purchasing power: the fluctuating value of the dollar
- that quality of a thing according to which it is thought of as being more or less desirable, useful, estimable, important, etc.; worth or the degree of worth
- that which is desirable or worthy of esteem for its own sake; thing or quality having intrinsic worth
- [pl.] the social principles, goals, or standards held or accepted by an individual, class, society, etc.
- precise meaning, as of a word
- denomination, as of a postage stamp, playing card, etc.
- relative lightness or darkness of a color
- proportioned effect, as of light and shade, in an artistic work
- Math. the quantity or amount for which a symbol stands: to determine the value of x
- Music the relative duration of a note, tone, or rest
- Phonet. a sound represented by a given letter: the values of i in the English words “sin” and “sine”
Origin of valueMiddle English from OFr, feminine of valu, past participle of valoir, to be strong, be worth from Classical Latin valere from Indo-European base an unverified form wal-, to be strong from source wield
transitive verbval′ued, val′u·ing
- to estimate the value of; set a price for or determine the worth of; appraise
- to place a certain estimate of worth on in a scale of values: to value health above wealth
- to think highly of; esteem: to value a friendship
- An amount, as of goods, services, or money, considered to be a fair and suitable equivalent for something else; a fair price or return.
- Monetary or material worth: the fluctuating value of gold and silver.
- Worth in usefulness or importance to the possessor; utility or merit: the value of an education.
- often values A principle or standard, as of behavior, that is considered important or desirable: “The speech was a summons back to the patrician values of restraint and responsibility” ( Jonathan Alter )
- Precise meaning or import, as of a word.
- Mathematics A quantity or number expressed by an algebraic term.
- Music The relative duration of a tone or rest.
- The relative darkness or lightness of a color. color
- Linguistics The sound quality of a letter or diphthong.
- One of a series of specified values: issued a stamp of new value.
transitive verbval·ued, val·u·ing, val·ues
- To determine or estimate the worth or value of; appraise.
- To regard highly; esteem: I value your advice. See Synonyms at appreciate.
- To rate according to relative estimate of worth or desirability; evaluate: valued health above money.
- To assign a value to (a unit of currency, for example).
- Of or relating to the practice of investing in individual securities that, according to some fundamental measure, such as book value, appear to be relatively less expensive than comparable securities.
- Relating to or consisting of principles or standards: a value system.
Origin of valueMiddle English from Old French from feminine past participle of valoir to be strong, be worth from Latin valēre ; see wal- in Indo-European roots.
- The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable.
- The Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world.
- The degree of importance given to something.
- The value of my children's happiness is second only to that of my wife.
- The amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else.
- (music) The relative duration of a musical note.
- (art) The relative darkness or lightness of a color in (a specific area of) a painting etc.
- Numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed.
- Precise meaning; import.
- the value of a word; the value of a legal instrument
(third-person singular simple present values, present participle valuing, simple past and past participle valued)
- To estimate the value of; judge the worth of something.
- I will have the family jewels valued by a professional.
- To fix or determine the value of; assign a value to, as of jewelry or art work.
- To regard highly; think much of; place importance upon.
- Gold was valued highly among the Romans.
- To hold dear.
- I value these old photographs.
value - Computer Definition
(1) The content of a field or variable. It can refer to alphabetic as well as numeric data. For example, in the expression, state = "PA", PA is a value.
(2) In spreadsheets, the numeric data within the cell.
value - Legal Definition
- What something is worth in monetary terms, or in money; a thing’s market worth.
- The usefulness or desirability of something.
- Adequate contractual consideration. See also fair market value.