Definition of valuable in English:



  • 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.’
      useful, helpful, of use, of help, of assistance, practical, beneficial, invaluable, productive, constructive, effective, handy, advantageous, worthwhile, profitable, rewarding, gainful, fruitful, worthy, important
      precious, costly, high-priced, high-cost, expensive, dear, worth its weight in gold, worth a king's ransom, priceless, beyond price, without price, of incalculable value, of incalculable worth, of inestimable value, of inestimable worth, of immeasurable value, of immeasurable worth, invaluable, irreplaceable, inestimable
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  • 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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