Meaning of VALUE in English


I. ˈval(ˌ)yü, -_yə ( this pronunc before a vowel or pause is especially South ); often -_yəw+V; dial -lē or -li noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin valuta, from feminine of (assumed) Vulgar Latin valutus, past participle of Latin valēre to be worth — more at wield


a. : the amount of a commodity, service, or medium of exchange that is the equivalent of something else : a fair return in goods, services, or money

the method of merchandising is to give the buyer good value at the right price — Wall Street Journal

I take his wages because I give good value for them — John Buchan

— often used in plural

priced at levels that reflect … policy of passing on to the customer the ever greater values resulting from technological progress — A.P.Sloan & H.H.Curtice

the store advertises great values at large savings

b. : valuable consideration

for value received

a holder or purchaser for value

2. : the monetary worth of something : marketable price usually in terms of a medium of exchange

his holdings increase in value

has the same value as the United States dollar — S.G.Inman

fool's gold is of practically no value

having a value of $5


a. : relative worth, utility, or importance : degree of excellence : status in a scale of preferences

we know the value of a thing by the way it is sought, shunned, protected — H.N.Wieman

he knew the precise value of men and could marshal them — A.H.Meneely

learned the value of rest in the treatment of … tuberculosis — J.F.Fulton

the physicist has become a military asset of such value — I.I.Rabi

only a few … have anything of value to say — Edward Clodd

b. : a liking or regard for a person or thing

she had a value for rank and consequence — Jane Austen

a sad man who, for all his gaiety … had little value for life — Joyce Cary


a. : a particular quantitative determination in mathematics

as the value of a increases, b decreases

the values of the angles vary proportionately

b. : the amount or extent of a specified measurement of time, space, or quantity

values of the age of the earth determined by the geologists — S.F.Mason

gives a fairly exact value of the constant temperature deeper down — Valter Schytt

pressure maintained at sea level values — H.G.Armstrong

5. : the relative length or duration of a musical tone or note

a quarter note has the value of two eighth notes

6. : the relative rank, importance, or numerical worth of a playing card, chessman, or other game component

the ace is often given a different value in different forms of rummy


a. : lightness I 2

b. : value in the Munsell system — used in psychophysics; see the Color Charts explanation at color

c. : the relation of one part or detail in a picture to another with respect to lightness and darkness

8. : something (as a principle, quality, or entity) intrinsically valuable or desirable

may call food a value for the animal — Samuel Alexander

the devotee of … education and religion was keenly aware of value — A.H.Johnson

— often used in plural

defending the values of the classical … tradition — Current Biography

all values are only relative to a given culture — Erich Fromm

the business world with its regulated system of values — D.H.Lawrence

for the sensate mentality … human values are hedonistic and utilitarian — David Bidney

9. : the precious metals contained in rock, gravel, or earth — usually used in plural

the vein carries good values

values were discovered here in 1864 and a 10-stamp mill was soon at work — American Guide Series: Nevada

10. : denomination 4

a new airmail value is to be issued here soon — National Stamp News

11. : the distinctive character or quality of a speech sound

an alphabet made up of letters with phonetic values — Charlton Laird

in … Elhua the h really has the value of ch in the Scottish word loch — T.H.Gaster

12. : a term or an expression in logic that may replace a variable in a propositional function so that the resultant is a true or false statement

man is a value for x in the function x is rational


worth: value and worth are frequently differentiated more often by the demands of idiom than by differences in meaning or connotation. value may sometimes suggest an evaluation made from an individual or specific point of view or in an individual or special situation

have to comprehend the artist's own values — Havelock Ellis

the ability of an ordinary Englishman to measure up to the times even though he must change his values — J.D.Hart

worth may suggest more lasting genuine merit resting on deeper, intrinsic, and enduring qualities

those qualities of the human personality which have an abiding worth under the tests of our civilization — Henry Suzzallo

having gained a more judicious knowledge of the worth and dignity of individual man — William Wordsworth

this book on navigation has chapters of varying worth

- at value

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )


a. : to estimate or assign the monetary worth of : appraise

gave me a piece of his amethyst and I planned to have it properly valued — Edwin Corle

merchandise inventories will be valued at the end of the year

— often used with at

values his holdings at $3,000,000

the institution values its plant and endowment at several million

b. : to rate or scale in usefulness, importance, or general worth : evaluate

impressions which she had long since arranged and valued in her mind — Mary Deasy

search and value every element in the conflict before him — Thomas De Quincey

2. : to consider or rate highly : prize , esteem

from his parents … he learned to value education — Current Biography

responded to and valued pleasant friendships — Ruth P. Randall

valued himself on his tolerance of heresy in great thinkers — Robert Frost

3. archaic : to show concern for : heed

Synonyms: see appreciate , estimate

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.