Definition of valuable in English:

valuable

adjective

  • 1Worth a great deal of money.

    ‘a valuable antique’
    • ‘Trade in salt was very important and salt was valuable enough to be used as currency in some areas.’
    • ‘A planning consent for a cottage will be a great deal more valuable than one for stables.’
    • ‘Therefore your cow is a valuable commodity and you need to look after her.’
    • ‘The wallet which is thought to contain a large sum of money is in good condition and looks valuable.’
    • ‘Ray's collection could be worth £1m at auction and is so valuable most of it is locked away in a bank vault.’
    • ‘The story was about a child whose hand inadvertently became stuck in a valuable antique vase.’
    • ‘Everyone knows that some violins are a great deal more valuable than others.’
    • ‘He described his successful trips to small towns where he has picked up valuable antiques.’
    • ‘Additionally, you may need more home insurance cover if your antiques are especially valuable.’
    • ‘You might think that deflation is a good thing, since each year your money will be more valuable.’
    • ‘He said that of the thousands of pounds worth of goods stolen, the most valuable item was his father's solid gold watch.’
    • ‘But there is a kind of philistinism about regarding books as only having worth if they are old and valuable.’
    • ‘Some very valuable items at low prices will be on offer so please come along and give generously.’
    • ‘There are some valuable prizes on offer and a good day out is promised.’
    • ‘The officials should be held accountable for the loss of valuable items from their territory.’
    • ‘To help meet this goal, the committee is offering valuable prizes and awarding prizes more frequently.’
    • ‘Are there valuable antiques hiding at home that could make you a small fortune?’
    • ‘The gold earrings the woman had been buried with were found to be extremely valuable.’
    • ‘Many Romans viewed the springs as sacred and threw valuable items into the springs to please the gods.’
    • ‘One of these extremely rare and valuable bottles will be given out to the winner of the lucky draw every week.’
    1. 1.1Extremely useful or important.
      ‘my time is valuable’
      • ‘Patients are a valuable resource as potential teachers in all stages of medical education.’
      • ‘This will allow cricketers to obtain valuable practice on a batting surface all year round.’
      • ‘Email may take valuable seconds and minutes away from your rate of productivity.’
      • ‘I would argue that the way engineering students learn to think is especially valuable.’
      • ‘In the course of his study, he does offer valuable insights and important corrections.’
      • ‘Eggs, meat and dairy products have lots of valuable nutrients for small children.’
      • ‘The internet is an extremely valuable resource giving access to the latest research on pain management.’
      • ‘I do know they will be interesting people and I'm bound to learn something valuable from them.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the present book is an extremely valuable addition to the literature.’
      • ‘Volunteering is a great way to make a difference to the environment but also offers a fun and a valuable life experience.’
      • ‘Because of the dominance of the site, more jobseekers are attracted to it making it more valuable to employers.’
      • ‘The workshop will provide valuable tools to promote excellence in the teaching of psychology.’
      • ‘Anthony displays all the characteristics of a truly valuable employee.’
      • ‘They found it valuable to listen to others in their group pose their own questions.’
      • ‘It would also be extremely valuable to obtain real data on the progress of people once they have stopped treatment.’
      • ‘We learned how valuable market research is to anticipate the demand for a product.’
      • ‘Talking through and revisiting the learning experience with your child is very valuable indeed.’
      • ‘And as with all new experiences, people might subtly and indirectly learn something valuable.’
      • ‘Her examples and descriptions reinforced the most valuable lesson of the election - every vote counts.’
      • ‘These mini exams give students valuable experience in answering exam questions.’

noun

  • A thing that is of great worth, especially a small item of personal property.

    ‘put all your valuables in the hotel safe’
    • ‘Police know that drug users and dealers are often those also involved in thefts of luggage and valuables from the station.’
    • ‘She was woken by the two men who demanded cash and other valuables before assaulting her.’
    • ‘Plans are now being drawn up for a small bank of lockers next to the pool for people to store valuables.’
    • ‘Motorists are being warned to hide away valuables as part of a crackdown on car crime.’
    • ‘Shut and lock windows, doors and skylights and don't leave valuables on display.’
    • ‘Thieves spotting valuables on the back seat of a car will seize the opportunity, break in and be away with the property in seconds.’
    • ‘He said that when he returned to his hotel, all his valuables were missing from his safety deposit box.’
    • ‘We are constantly amazed at people leaving valuables on show in their cars or leaving their homes unattended and insecure.’
    • ‘After he had left, she found that a bag containing cash and other valuables had been stolen from her bedroom.’
    • ‘Jean's mother's engagement ring was also stolen along with other family rings and valuables.’
    • ‘When she demands to see the police chief, he interrogates her about the valuables in the car.’
    • ‘He urged people not to leave valuables in the car and certainly not in view of passers-by.’
    • ‘Two men had entered her flat at 9.50 pm and started to search for valuables.’
    • ‘Cars most at risk are the older ones without alarms, but in the majority of cases the thieves are attracted by visible valuables.’
    • ‘When driving about it makes sense to keep valuables out of sight.’
    • ‘He told her that her boiler was about to explode and she should collect up all her valuables and evacuate the building.’
    • ‘Avoid swimming alone and leave your valuables at the hotel in order not to risk losing them.’
    • ‘The raiders finally fled with cash and valuables shortly after midnight.’
    • ‘Every room in their home was turned over and ransacked by the raiders in their search for valuables.’
    • ‘The three men started rummaging through the kitchen, stealing any valuables they could find.’
    precious items, costly articles, prized possessions, personal effects, treasures
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Pronunciation:

valuable

/ˈvaly(o͞o)əb(ə)l/