Definition of devalue in English:



  • 1 Reduce or underestimate the worth or importance of:

    ‘I resent the way people seem to devalue my achievement’
    • ‘Royal Doulton's fine china - favoured by the royal family - was being stocked and sold in supermarkets, devaluing the company's premium brand.’
    • ‘He admitted that the big-name players had not really played a part in this year's competition, and that had devalued its worth in the eyes of the public.’
    • ‘To me it seems like a fad, and a dangerous one because it devalues the importance of content.’
    • ‘There's an overused word in pop music, devaluing the achievements of those whose invention and daring did, and still does, make a difference.’
    • ‘But it has a downside: one of them would lose, and Warren would have to decide whether it is worth devaluing one of his commodities to advance the other.’
    • ‘It also claims that Scotland is developing an ‘anti-intellectual culture’ that discourages people from learning and devalues the importance of creativity and creative thinking.’
    • ‘Labour figures in the UK and Australia are at pains to devalue his electoral achievements - and point to several apparent errors of judgment during his career.’
    • ‘One aspect of the problem is that playing Bangladesh regularly is inflating the statistics of players from other teams who play them a lot, and devaluing the importance of test matches.’
    • ‘I wish to take issue with the recent erroneous and arrogant statements from hydro developers who seek to devalue the true worth of the Monadhliath Mountains to the nation.’
    • ‘Richard Rogers' best work was in the 80s; the Dome detracts from that and devalues his recent appeal.’
    • ‘Logging companies can reduce their payments by devaluing the wood they log through a practice known as grade setting.’
    • ‘But in celebrating genius we willy-nilly undervalue, even devalue, the importance of effort, and with serious consequences.’
    • ‘No one in a decision-making capacity would ever devalue their own worth.’
    • ‘Institutions devalue human potential and minimize the contributions of individuals.’
    • ‘Whatever rationalisations we give ourselves, we may justify our role as Instrument of Betrayal by devaluing the importance of the already existing bond.’
    • ‘Ironically, increasing the number of sports devalues the worth of an Olympic medal.’
    • ‘By using knowledge in an instrumental way, it devalues its importance.’
    • ‘Am I alone in feeling that this further devalues the achievement of being selected to play for your national team?’
    • ‘Its critics believe that all this detracts from and devalues the central proposition: to make television programmes.’
    • ‘It also devalues the achievement of the majority of poor minority kids, who struggle to live decent, law-abiding lives.’
    belittle, depreciate, disparage, denigrate, decry, deprecate, make light of, treat lightly, discredit, underrate, undervalue, underestimate, deflate, detract from, diminish, minimize, trivialize, run down, traduce, defame
    knock, slam, pan, bad-mouth, sell short, put down, pooh-pooh, look down one's nose at, do down, do a hatchet job on, take to pieces, pull apart, pick holes in, drag through the mud, have a go at, hit out at
    rubbish, slate, slag off
    cry down, hold cheap
    derogate, misprize, minify
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    1. 1.1Economics Reduce the official value of (a currency) in relation to other currencies:
      ‘the dinar was devalued by 20 per cent’
      • ‘Analysts argue, for example, that China, widely considered to have played a constructive role in helping East Asia recover from the last crisis, did so by sticking to its market reform efforts and not devaluing its currency.’
      • ‘In March 1995 the Spanish and Portuguese currencies were devalued by 7 and 3 per cent, respectively.’
      • ‘And individual countries can no longer compensate for these rigidities by devaluing their currencies to boost exports, usually through the swift downward movement of interest rates.’
      • ‘Inflation, which is always politically engineered, devalues currencies, debases trust and takes years to work its way out of investors' perceptions.’
      • ‘Many are likely to resist by devaluing their own currencies or erecting new barriers against U.S. goods.’