from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An amount, as of goods, services, or money, considered to be a fair and suitable equivalent for something else; a fair price or return.
  • n. Monetary or material worth: the fluctuating value of gold and silver.
  • n. Worth in usefulness or importance to the possessor; utility or merit: the value of an education.
  • n. A principle, standard, or quality considered worthwhile or desirable: "The speech was a summons back to the patrician values of restraint and responsibility” ( Jonathan Alter).
  • n. Precise meaning or import, as of a word.
  • n. Mathematics An assigned or calculated numerical quantity.
  • n. Music The relative duration of a tone or rest.
  • n. The relative darkness or lightness of a color. See Table at color.
  • n. Linguistics The sound quality of a letter or diphthong.
  • n. One of a series of specified values: issued a stamp of new value.
  • transitive v. To determine or estimate the worth or value of; appraise.
  • transitive v. To regard highly; esteem. See Synonyms at appreciate.
  • transitive v. To rate according to relative estimate of worth or desirability; evaluate: valued health above money.
  • transitive v. To assign a value to (a unit of currency, for example).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable.
  • n. The degree of importance you give to something.
  • n. The amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else
  • n. The relative duration of a musical note.
  • n. The relative darkness or lightness of a color in (a specific area of) a painting etc.
  • n. Numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed.
  • v. To estimate the value of; judge the worth of something.
  • v. To fix or determine the value of; assign a value to, as of jewelry or art work.
  • v. To regard highly; think much of; place importance upon.
  • v. To hold dear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The property or aggregate properties of a thing by which it is rendered useful or desirable, or the degree of such property or sum of properties; worth; excellence; utility; importance.
  • n. Worth estimated by any standard of purchasing power, especially by the market price, or the amount of money agreed upon as an equivalent to the utility and cost of anything.
  • n. Precise signification; import
  • n. Esteem; regard.
  • n. The relative length or duration of a tone or note, answering to quantity in prosody; thus, a quarter note [�] has the value of two eighth notes [�].
  • n. In an artistical composition, the character of any one part in its relation to other parts and to the whole; -- often used in the plural.
  • n. Valor.
  • n.
  • n. That property of a color by which it is distinguished as bright or dark; luminosity.
  • n. Degree of lightness as conditioned by the presence of white or pale color, or their opposites.
  • n. Any particular quantitative determination.
  • n. The valuable ingredients to be obtained by treatment from any mass or compound; specif., the precious metals contained in rock, gravel, or the like.
  • transitive v. To estimate the value, or worth, of; to rate at a certain price; to appraise; to reckon with respect to number, power, importance, etc.
  • transitive v. To rate highly; to have in high esteem; to hold in respect and estimation; to appreciate; to prize.
  • transitive v. To raise to estimation; to cause to have value, either real or apparent; to enhance in value.
  • transitive v. To be worth; to be equal to in value.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See cruise, 2.
  • To estimate the value or worth of; specifically, to rate at a certain price; appraise: as, to value lands or goods.
  • To consider with respect to value, worth, or importance; rate, whether high or low; regard.
  • Specifically, to rate high; have in high esteem; set much by; prize; appreciate; regard; hold in respect or estimation; reflexively, to pride (one's self).
  • To reckon or estimate with respect to number or power; compute; compare (with another person or thing) with respect to price or excellence.
  • To take account of; take into account; hence, to care for; consider as important.
  • To raise to estimation; cause to have value, either real or apparent.
  • To give out or represent as wealthy, or financially sound.
  • To be worth; be equal in worth to; be an equivalent of.
  • n. Value which is socially recognized, in contrast with purely personal valuation. Thus an heirloom may be said to be of small intrinsic value, although highly valued by its possessor.
  • n. Value as determined by ordinary market conditions, as contrasted with value with which an object is endowed by virtue of convention or governmental flat. Thus paper money is often said to be devoid of intrinsic value.
  • n. In mathematics, the value of the function represented by the ordinate of a turning point.
  • n. Worth; the property or properties of a thing in virtue of which it is useful or estimable, or the degree in which such a character is possessed; utility; importance; excellence: applied to both persons and things.
  • n. Estimated or attributed worth; appreciation; valuation; esteem; regard.
  • n. The amount of other commodities (commonly represented by money) for which a thing can be exchanged in open market: the ratio in which one thing exchanges against others; the command which one commodity has over others in traffic; in a restricted (and the common popular) sense, the amount of money for which a thing can be sold; price.
  • n. Price equal to the intrinsic worth of a thing; real equivalent.
  • n. Import; precise signification: as, the value of a word or phrase.
  • n. In music, the relative length or duration of a tone signified by a note: as, a half-note has the value of two quarternotes, or four sixteenth-notes; to give a note its full value.
  • n. In painting and the allied arts, relation of one object, part, or atmospheric plane of a picture to the others, with reference to light and shade, the idea of hue being abstracted.
  • n. In mathematics, the special determination of a quantity.
  • n. In biology, grade or rank in classification; valence: as, a group having the value of a family.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (music) the relative duration of a musical note
  • v. fix or determine the value of; assign a value to
  • v. evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
  • n. relative darkness or lightness of a color
  • n. the amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else
  • v. regard highly; think much of
  • v. hold dear
  • n. an ideal accepted by some individual or group
  • v. estimate the value of
  • n. a numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed
  • n. the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable


Middle English, from Old French, from feminine past participle of valoir, to be strong, be worth, from Latin valēre; see wal- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French value, feminine past participle of valoir, from Latin valere ("to be strong, be worth"). (Wiktionary)


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