Definition of valorize in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Give or ascribe value or validity to (something)

    ‘the culture valorizes the individual’
    • ‘She opposes a ‘masculine’ romantic ethic that emphasizes the individual imagination to a ‘feminine’ one that valorizes care, community, and cooperation.’
    • ‘Such films neither demean nor valorize rural Iowa, but call our attention to the serious problems that hang over a vital sector of the national economy.’
    • ‘In the media and in the hearts of thousands of Americans, we valorize not just those truly outstanding and altruistic individuals, but the masculine ideal of man as the strong, brave rescuer.’
    • ‘In addition, valorizing the accomplishments of one individual perpetuates the neglect of joint and communal creativity in favor of a kind of masculine heroism.’
    • ‘Anyway, dividing politics into two categories is unsatisfactory since one category always gets valorised at the expense of the other.’
    • ‘Throughout the war years, sacrifice was valorized in rhetoric, if not always in practice, and became, once again, a key element of political discourse.’
    • ‘He captures the Jamaican dialect in this early verse and valorizes the speech patterns of the working class.’
    • ‘The child is brought up in the collective enactment of larger heroic narratives, valorising icons of goodness personified while debating complex issues of nationhood, law and economic disparity through melodramatic tales.’
    • ‘Knowledge of their very existence is systematically denied and repressed under propaganda valorising war as heroic and ennobling.’
    • ‘What does this tell us about popular literature and the real interests of those who valorise it?’
    • ‘At the time, the discourse of the individual, atomized, bourgeois self was valorized by corporate media as the highest unit of organization and thinking.’
    • ‘Lest I be misunderstood, I am not valorizing one form of cultural production over the other; rather I am noting a paradigmatic shift from resistance to contestation.’
    • ‘He valorises a kind of consensual, unfettered sexual freedom.’
    • ‘Contemporary feminist theory, then, valorizes the transformative potential of humor and language to subvert male dominance and regulation of social norms.’
    • ‘Forms of knowledge that simply valorize the ‘feminine’ may not be helpful to women who would be better off not having norms of femininity imposed on them.’
    • ‘Without objective proof, you end up in the dangerous position of not being able to valorise one culture over another.’
    • ‘Knighthood valorized individual self-sacrifice for greater social welfare.’
    • ‘Despite their legal status, her parents and grandmother modeled the ideal household, exemplifying the risk-taking and independent spirit valorized by the culture of capitalism.’
    • ‘I think this is an attempt to go back to legitimising and valorising the traditional role of women.’
    • ‘The film valorizes the pioneering spirit, individual resilience and resourcefulness.’
    • ‘The United States valorised and rewarded veterans with compensation and their own healthcare system.’
    • ‘The precision, clarity and supposed objectivity of the images established photography as a standard for validity in a regime of truth that valorized scientific precision.’
    • ‘The loser is positively valorised in Generation X youth culture as both stupid and street-smart.’
    1. 1.1 Raise or fix the price or value of (a commodity or currency) by artificial means, especially by government action.
      • ‘The government valorized the pension allowances in April this year.’
      • ‘It follows from all this that value cannot be positively identified with labour, because capital valorises itself only by negating that which resists its exploitation in production.’


1920s: back-formation from valorization (from French valorisation, from valeur ‘value’).