What does value mean?

Definitions for value
ˈvæl yuval·ue

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. valuenoun

    a numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed

    "the value assigned was 16 milliseconds"

  2. valuenoun

    the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

    "the Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world"

  3. value, economic valuenoun

    the amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else

    "he tried to estimate the value of the produce at normal prices"

  4. valuenoun

    relative darkness or lightness of a color

    "I establish the colors and principal values by organizing the painting into three values--dark, medium...and light"-Joe Hing Lowe

  5. value, time value, note valuenoun

    (music) the relative duration of a musical note

  6. valueverb

    an ideal accepted by some individual or group

    "he has old-fashioned values"

  7. valueverb

    fix or determine the value of; assign a value to

    "value the jewelry and art work in the estate"

  8. prize, value, treasure, appreciateverb

    hold dear

    "I prize these old photographs"

  9. respect, esteem, value, prize, priseverb

    regard highly; think much of

    "I respect his judgement"; "We prize his creativity"

  10. measure, evaluate, valuate, assess, appraise, valueverb

    evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of

    "I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional"; "access all the factors when taking a risk"

  11. rate, valueverb

    estimate the value of

    "How would you rate his chances to become President?"; "Gold was rated highly among the Romans"


  1. valuenoun

    The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

    The Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world.

  2. valuenoun

    The degree of importance you give to something.

    The value of my children's happiness is second only to that of my wife.

  3. valuenoun

    The amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else

    He tried to estimate the value of the produce at normal prices.

  4. valuenoun

    The relative duration of a musical note.

    The value of a crotchet is twice that of a quaver.

  5. valuenoun

    The relative darkness or lightness of a color in (a specific area of) a painting etc.

    "I establish the colors and principal values by organizing the painting into three values--dark, medium...and light." -Joe Hing Lowe

  6. valuenoun

    Numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed.

    The exact value of pi cannot be represented in decimal notation.

  7. valueverb

    To estimate the cost of; judge the worth of something.

    I will have the family jewels valued by a professional.

  8. valueverb

    To regard highly; think much of; place importance upon.

    Gold was valued highly among the Romans.

  9. valueverb

    To fix or determine the value of; assign a value to, as of jewelry or art work.

  10. valueverb

    To hold dear.

    I value these old photographs.

  11. Etymology: From the value, feminine past participle of valoir, from.


  1. value

    Value can be defined as the worth, importance, or usefulness of something, either in terms of its intrinsic qualities or its overall benefit or satisfaction it provides. It can refer to a variety of aspects, including financial worth, moral worth, cultural significance, or personal preference. Value is often subjective and can vary from individual to individual, influenced by factors such as personal beliefs, needs, desires, and societal norms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Valuenoun

    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

  2. Valuenoun

    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

  3. Valuenoun

    precise signification; import; as, the value of a word; the value of a legal instrument

  4. Valuenoun

    esteem; regard

  5. Valuenoun

    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 [/]

  6. Valuenoun

    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; as, the values are well given, or well maintained

  7. Valuenoun


  8. Valueverb

    to estimate the value, or worth, of; to rate at a certain price; to appraise; to reckon with respect to number, power, importance, etc

  9. Valueverb

    to rate highly; to have in high esteem; to hold in respect and estimation; to appreciate; to prize; as, to value one for his works or his virtues

  10. Valueverb

    to raise to estimation; to cause to have value, either real or apparent; to enhance in value

  11. Valueverb

    to be worth; to be equal to in value

  12. Etymology: [OF. value, fr. valoir, p. p. valu, to be worth, fr. L. valere to be strong, to be worth. See Valiant.]


  1. Value

    Economic value is a measure of the benefit that an economic actor can gain from either a good or service. It is generally measured relative to units of currency, and the interpretation is therefore "what is the maximum amount of money a specific actor is willing and able to pay for the good or service"? Note that economic value is not the same as market price. If a consumer is willing to buy a good, it implies that the customer places a higher value on the good than the market price. The difference between the value to the consumer and the market price is called "consumer surplus". It is easy to see situations where the actual value is considerably larger than the market price: purchase of drinking water is one example. The economic value of a good or service has puzzled economists since the beginning of the discipline. First, economists tried to estimate the value of a good to an individual alone, and extend that definition to goods which can be exchanged. From this analysis came the concepts value in use and value in exchange. Value is linked to price through the mechanism of exchange. When an economist observes an exchange, two important value functions are revealed: those of the buyer and seller. Just as the buyer reveals what he is willing to pay for a certain amount of a good, so too does the seller reveal what it costs him to give up the good.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Value

    val′ū, n. worth: that which renders anything useful or estimable: the degree of this quality: esteem, regard: efficacy: importance: excellence: price: precise meaning: (mus.) the relative length of a tone signified by a note: (paint.) relation of one part of a picture to the others with reference to light and shade and without reference to hue: (math.) the special determination of a quantity.—v.t. to estimate the worth of: to rate at a price: to esteem: to prize.—v.i. (Shak.) to be worth.—adj. Val′uable, having value or worth: costly: deserving esteem.—n. a thing of value, a choice article—often in pl.ns. Val′uableness; Valuā′tion, the act of valuing: value set upon a thing: estimated worth; Valuā′tor, one who sets a value upon: an appraiser.—adjs. Val′ued; Val′ueless.—n. Val′uer, one who values.—Value in exchange, exchange value: (pol. econ.) economic value (i.e. the amount of other commodities for which a thing can be exchanged in open market) as distinguished from its more general meaning of utility; Value received, a phrase indicating that a bill of exchange, &c., has been accepted for a valuable consideration.—Good value, full worth in exchange. [O. Fr. value, prop. the fem. of Fr. valu, pa.p. of valoir, to be worth—L. valēre.]

Editors Contribution

  1. valuenoun

    An admired vice or device that's particularly a serious element to be used. A gift from God. 1.) The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.

    I value the life that El Shaddai has given me and continues to give.

    Etymology: The Law of Human Nature

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 16, 2024  

  2. value

    See, feel, know and understand the beauty and worth of every human being and animal.

    We do value every human being and every animal on the earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

  3. value

    Specific and accurate data or information.

    Digital telecommunications systems communicate value within these systems daily.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 5, 2020  

  4. value

    To give love with the power of our soul, subconscious, conscience and consciousness.

    We value the gift of human life and animal life and know each are as important as each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 26, 2020  

  5. value

    To have a number.

    The value of the property was relative to the size and location.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'value' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #530

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'value' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1064

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'value' in Nouns Frequency: #119

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'value' in Verbs Frequency: #739

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of value in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of value in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of value in a Sentence

  1. Jorge Iván Ospina:

    Mr. President, the tax reform is dead. We don't want it to cause more deaths. Please, withdraw it, I am asking Ombudsman Carlos Camargo for this on behalf of the people of Cali, i want to invite the whole Cali public to specifically reflect on the importance and value of life.

  2. Beth Lawton:

    I think our lawmakers have failed us, and I don’t understand how little they value education.

  3. Anita McBride:

    The value she brings is really understanding how agencies work and the interagency process, and that is a critical element for the national security adviser's office because you're building bridges.

  4. Rudolph Giuliani:

    The crime of bribery is if I offer something of value to someone in return for their official action.

  5. The Waco Tribune-Herald:

    Acts of sexual violence contradict every value Baylor University upholds as a caring Christian community. In recent years we have joined university efforts nationally to prevent campus violence against women and sexual assault, to actively support survivors of sexual assault with compassion and care, and to take action against perpetrators. We have established and fully staffed a Title IX office that employs a Title IX Coordinator and two full-time investigators. Maintaining a safe and caring community is central to Baylor's mission and at the heart of our commitment to our students, faculty and staff.

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Translations for value

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  • قيمةArabic
  • valorCatalan, Valencian
  • hodnota, jas, ocenit, považovat, cenit si, vážit siCzech
  • værdi, valør, værd, vurdere, værdsætte, skatteDanish
  • Wert, Notenwert, Wichtigkeit, Tonwert, Werte, schätzenGerman
  • αξία, τιμήGreek
  • valoroEsperanto
  • valor, importancia, valorar, apreciarSpanish
  • väärtus, väärtused, vältus, eredusEstonian
  • ارزش, بها, مقدار, ارزشگذاری, ارج نهادنPersian
  • arvo, painoarvo, aika-arvo, valööri, valoisuusarvo, arvioida, pitää arvossa, arvostaaFinnish
  • valeurFrench
  • djoerstWestern Frisian
  • fiúntas, luach, méid, luacháilIrish
  • luach, fiachScottish Gaelic
  • עֵרֶך, העריךHebrew
  • मूल्यHindi
  • valèHaitian Creole
  • értékrend, fontosság, érték, jelentőség, értékel, becsülHungarian
  • գին, մեծություն, արժեքArmenian
  • nilaiIndonesian
  • gagnsemi, gildi, mikilvægi, verðgildi, lengdargildiIcelandic
  • valore, valutare, stimareItalian
  • 価値, 値, 価値観Japanese
  • ფასიGeorgian
  • ಮೌಲ್ಯKannada
  • 가치, 價値, 값Korean
  • نرخKurdish
  • pretiumLatin
  • vērtībaLatvian
  • wāriuMāori
  • вредност, износ, значење, важност, траење, времетраењеMacedonian
  • nilai, dinilai, hargaiMalay
  • waardeDutch
  • verd, betydning, verdi, pris, verdsette, skatte, taksere, vurdere, sette pris påNorwegian
  • valorOccitan
  • wartość, cena, odcień, znaczenie, wycenić, wyceniać, cenićPolish
  • valor, valia, apreço, ideal, apreciar, valorar, valorizarPortuguese
  • valour, valeta, valur, valitaRomansh
  • valoareRomanian
  • стоимость, ценность, яркость, значение переменной, важность, значение, длительность, цена, ценить, оценивать, оценитьRussian
  • balore, valoreSardinian
  • вредност, vrednost, vrijednost, вриједност, značaj, cena, важност, значај, važnost, ценаSerbo-Croatian
  • cena, vrednost, vrednotaSlovene
  • värde, värderaSwedish
  • thamani, thamanaSwahili
  • విలువTelugu
  • kıymet, değerTurkish
  • значення, цінність, вартість, цінаUkrainian
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